Ode to A Mask – Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie – March 4, 2016

Ode to a Mask

Hidden in a plaster mask
For all the world to see,
Covered in bright feathers
A cockatoo waddles past.

Fancy dress at carnival,
Walking down the grand canal and
Yet another peacock cries
Dressed in orange and fur.

“What know you of her past?”
I asked my tourist guide ..
“A princess or a pauper?
“Who knows!” his shrugged reply.

For now we’re in September
Long past is Mardi Gras
No longer is it fun
To see her masked facade.

Hidden in a plaster mask
Dressed in feathers and silk
Once she was a beauty queen,
Now she’s just a ghost.

© G.s.k. ‘16

Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie – Photo Challenge and B&P’s Shadorma and Beyond (ODE)

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9 thoughts on “Ode to A Mask – Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie – March 4, 2016

  1. thanks so much for your amazing response to the photo challenge – and excellent use of the shadorma prompt too – great ode Georgia!

    You’ve done a magnificent job capturing an essence and aspect of the image – I love these lines:

    “What know you of her past?”
    I asked my tourist guide ..
    “A princess or a pauper?
    “Who knows!” his shrugged reply.

    Speaks volumes – and then, to consider the time long past, still wearing the mask – so well expressed in the “sadness” or perhaps “scorn or pity.”

    Well done!

    Cheers ~ Pat

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    • I’ve got the impression that it’s easier for a stranger to see us than a family member … and it’s not just a question of OUR mask … thanks for the lovely comment Jules.

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      • I am still having sibling issues…distance always makes things harder. Never knowing when to call – and always feeling like you are interrupting when you do manage to communicate rather than being ‘a part’ – does not help.

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