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How many parts can one man play  
On this living stage of ours?  
How many costumes for one day?  
How many lines rehersed for hours?  
How many lives can one man lead  
Before schitzophrenia sells him out?  
How many scents does a woman need  
Before sinuses do scream and shout?  
So many faces grin and play,  
An eternal masquerade ball,  
How many men can truly say,  
They know any real folks at all?  
Who are we? And who can tell?  
We learn to wear our masks so well.  

It's not easy having a good time. Even smiling makes my face ache.- Frank N. Furter.


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The following comments are for "Masquerade Ball"
by Jasmine

Liked this very much. It has lovely rythm and much deapth.

( Posted by: c.lynagh [Member] On: March 20, 2003 )

An interesting poem. I liked it, though I don't think it's among your best work.
There is a certain feeling in the way it starts that it's going to fall into a cliche, but there are severl phrases throughout the poem that keep it very much alive. I especially liked the part with the scents. The schizophenia part is interesting too, though I wasn't quite sure about the way the word fitted into the rhythm.
Overall though, not too bad. Score 7/10.

( Posted by: Spudley [Member] On: March 20, 2003 )

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