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Harlequin

Harlequin

Jovial masks dwelt behind,
Stardust deems a world blind.
Bedazzled twinkle on display,
Pseudo scrutiny fades away.

A facade of deception conceived,
Fooling one's self till it's believed.
Hopelessness wept a thousand tears,
Morose eyes camouflage fears.

When a harlequin mask slips,
Razzle-dazzle facetious quips.
So society finds comfort behind,
Their own masks designed.
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Gerard McGowan

Excellent poem Lisa, it's very easy to don these masks but they can be difficult to remove.

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Icarus Flocke

I find this one beyond fascinating.
i often find myself questioning:
which mask (if any) is the real mask?
or are we a series of various masks,
each which fulfills a specific function?
can one successfully mask pain with
humor intended to deflect them from
sharing their more genuine, and immediate
feelings?

carl jungs ideas about the Persona were
fascinating. if youre unfamiliar with it i think
you would be interested.

also, goffmans dramaturgical analysis.

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Simon Bromley

Truly awesome write how I have missed your talents.

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Cherie Sumner-Taylor

Hi Lisa...I hid behind a mask for most of my life...afraid of the world and trying to fake that I fit in....but after a while the cracks start to show...and if we do not learn to be ourselves and be genuine, then we are forced to become a porcelain doll....This makes me think of how much society makes us not feel genuine..and the lies we are fed about what matters in life and how we are to be to be important.Β  Great deep write. xo ;)Β Β 

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John Prophet

β€œFooling one's self till it's believed.”

Nice work PD

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Lorna Caizley

Hi lisa hope you're well...I really love this poem...that mask we all have them for so many things...its nice to just take it off and be real for a moment before quickly slipping it back on for the rest of the world to see how completely normal we all are ...brilliant xx

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Lorna Caizley

Hi lisa, missed you too...glad your still here xx

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A Lonely Journey

Red! How did I miss this??!!Β 
I'm glad you're back, and your writing is wonderful, as always. I missed you.Β 
Great write.Β 
Hey! I'm so disappointed. I put out an in-depth thesis on the aging process of the chicken, on The Unstable Chicken(or something like that, I can't remember the actual name), and you snubbed me egregiously, but in a nice way. C'mon, I got 5 comments(one from the awesome Cheerie, and 4 from me! lol). You know I already feel like a wicked outsider on this site, I need your sense of humor...it's warped. lol.Β 
Kidding(I wouldn't comment on me either...even though I do).Β 
Awesome poetry my friend.Β 

Matthew.Β 

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A Lonely Journey

You're welcome. I was going to leave a bit o' honey...but I ate it. Sorry.Β 
Missed U!Β 
M.Β 

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