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by Duke LaRance

Sunday, June 20, 2010
Rated "PG" by the Author.
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Who am I, to stand and wonder to wait, while the wheels of fate, slowly grind my life away, who am I? -- Country Joe and the Fish

every time I gaze admiringly into the mirror
I see a mask – I know it has to be a mask
for I have completely forgotten my true visage

perhaps that visage I once thought true
was only a mask I no longer recognize
perhaps memory loss is mercy whether a mask or me

sometimes I see a glad clown only a real bozo
sometimes I see a sad clown weeping bitter tears
sometimes I see a bad clown a painted up Henry Hyde

so many masks my head spins images swirling
oh give me the bliss and blessing of mindlessness
let me wander aimlessly in a burned out wasteland

I have seen too many masks let me chose one eternal
to gaze ever admiringly into that looking glass
why my dear Hyde – you are the perfect model of a man

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Reviewed by John Flanagan 6/21/2010
"..give me the bliss and blessings of mindlessness" often I've asked for that, Duke, and then again...the conflict of (sometimes miserable, never quite satisfied) poet and happy uncaring pig - unfair to pigs! - your 'Masks' has set me off...but I'll shut up now.
A big YES to everything in this fine poem.

Reviewed by C. McGovern-Bowen 6/21/2010
hmmm... which mask will it be today?
well done, duke.
Reviewed by Sophia Choudhury 6/21/2010
beautifully thought and presented-------the entire life is a masquerade-----we wear masks through out--------so many roles----so many situations-------yes a blessing to have an eternal one!
but----what out a no-mask personality? unbound, free and mindless!!!!
Reviewed by D Johnson 6/21/2010
Wow, a fantastic poem...well done.

Reviewed by Paul Judges 6/21/2010
Well composed piece, Duke
Reviewed by Sage Sweetwater 6/20/2010
The whole world is not as it appears...masks seem to exhonerate our true natures, free from works this way, Duke...have we quit before the big miracle and put our ponies out to pasture before coming full circle because we didn't try hard enough? Something to think on. The Rifleman was the perfect model of a man who toiled and sought justice at every acre he put his boot upon...yea, Western Television!


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