We dance in life’s masquerade Knowing it’s all a charade Masks on, smiles bright Eyes reveal all, out like a light Life is a masquerade! And fake it we do Partnering with a pleasantry or two In an effort to appear sane In this dance of pain Life is a masquerade! Hiding gut-wrenching truths Afraid to let the marbles fall loose Left exposed on the floor For the world to trounce and ignore Life is a masquerade! A Phantom side of the face Too dark and disturbing to embrace Because ugly is something shunned By a society on prescribed elation Life is a masquerade! But there are too many stories to tell About this slow dance in hell So these masks we pull back Courage to tell our stories at last Revealing this masquerade! Ending this masquerade!
The artist in me strikes against the page Words surging in a lustful fury This mad, love affair dressed in red ink -- Our blood flows like one in unison. She kissed my cheeks with rouge-stained lips A good-bye as I leapt into a fiery, lover’s tryst. When he burned me, embers still smoldering, She held me to her breast, stroking my hair, Leaving tendrils ablaze around my face -- Our hearts beating like one in unison. Fallen, I danced at the edge of hell, Flames lapping at my legs, engulfing me. But she spat me back onto the warm, hard Earth. Anger erupting at the core of me, Spewing like hot, bubbling lava. There she left me in her sanguine trail, Shedding a tear into tempestuous, blue seas. And I fell into her blazing sunset, Flowing like blood into Nature’s veins Where I searched for life again In this lifeless landscape.