- Thursday, April 19, 2007

Masquerade

Masquerade! Paper faces on parade ...
Masquerade! Hide your face, so the world will never find you!

Masquerade! Every face a different shade ...
Masquerade! Look around -
there's another mask behind you!

Flash of mauve ... Splash of puce ...
Fool and king ... Ghoul and goose ...
Green and black ... Queen and priest ...
Trace of rouge ... Face of beast ...

Faces ... Take your turn, take a ride
on the merry-go-round ... in an inhuman race ...

Eye of gold ... Thigh of blue ...
True is false ... Who is who ...?
Curl of lip ... Swirl of gown ...
Ace of hearts ... Face of clown ...

Faces ... Drink it in, drink it up,
till you've drowned in the light ... in the sound ...
But who can name the face ...?
Masquerade! Grinning yellows, spinning reds ...
Masquerade! Take your fill - let the spectacle astound you!

Masquerade! Burning glances, turning heads ...
Masquerade! Stop and stare
at the sea of smiles around you!

Masquerade! Seething shadows breathing lies ...
Masquerade! You can fool any friend who ever knew you!

Masquerade! Leering satyrs, peering eyes ...
Masquerade! Run and hide - but a face will still pursue you!What a night
What a crowd! Makes you glad! Makes you proud!
All the creme de la creme!
Watching us watching them
And all our fears are in the past!

Six months... Of relief!Of delight! Of Elysian peace!
And we can breathe at last!
No more notes! No more ghost!
Here's a health!
Here's a toast: to a prosperous year!
To the new chandelier!
And may its splendour never fade!
Six months!
What a joy! What a change! What a blessed release!

Hide your face, so the world will never find you!

Masquerade! Every face a different shade!
Masquerade! Look around -
There's another mask behind you!

Masquerade! Burning glances, turning heads ...
Masquerade! Stop and stare at the sea of smiles around you!

Masquerade! Grinning yellows, spinning reds ...
Masquerade! Take your fill - let the spectacle astound you!

[ - MASQUERADE, the PHANTOM of the OPERA ]


*****
How masquerades surprise me, how they smile, how they wink. I am so amazed at masquerades. It is an art, something worth to master, to fool, to cheat, to trick, to catch someone unalerted. What a joy, what gladness, to masquerade around, dance about with masks and fool every idiotic person? What a privilege, what an honor, to blink into other's eyes and say, "Boo!" when the real monster emerges within you.

What a smile, what a tear.
Together we all hear.
The joy of masquerading,
The peace of masquerading.

What so nice, what so great,
Masquerading is our fate;
It's a skill, it's an art,
Not many could understand it, in and out.

Masquerade, let's dance!
Masqueradors, let's enjoy!
Let's drink and be merry,
and count the money that tally.

Hello, we never say,
And we never walk away,
After all, that is the art, and the aid
of the magnificent Masquerade.

Masquerade! Masquerade! Masquerade!
Let me hum to you again...
MASQUERADE!

2 comments:

Suit Lin said...

If only masks can erase
the tauting cries of the souls within.

If only masks can conceal
the heart aches and the cracked souls.

Then, maybe then
We can all dance and be merry.

But you and I know that there is more to life. =)

Pig Take Egg said...

Do you see the stabbings of bitterness,
And hear the howls of acrimony within your ears?

Could you feel the indepth of the wailings of rejection,
Or the intensity of Despondent's shattering dejection?

Then, maybe, if you could, if you do,
We can all know that Life was never meant to be ours.

But you and I know that there's more pain ahead of us..
Just whether will anyone be beside us...

To support or help us
Or at least...
To be by our side when we just want nonsense chatterings to clear our minds...
Of insanity's screeches...

But I would never doubt you.