Monday, May 21, 2012

Behind the Mask

He hides behind the perfect guise,
obscures the truth with well-masked lies
so audience will never know
assume its all part of the show.

Immersed in jagged compromise,
he hides behind the perfect guise,
and wields his pride like two-edged blade
while sinking deeper in charade.

Sequestered in this circus tent
and contemplating life misspent,
he hides behind the perfect guise --
within some rings there is no prize.

Well-camoflauged by painted smile,
he swallows back the bitter bile;
and even friends don’t realize ...
he hides behind the perfect guise.

© Ginny Brannan  May 2012

Image: The Circus with the Yellow Clown, 1967, Marc Chagall

Written for The Mag #118  (Magpie Tales), image provided by Tess Kincaid. She provides the image, we provide the story!


  1. which is rather tragic you always be hiding..and never being real...or feeling that you cant...nice form and nice repetition ginny

  2. Nicely constructed and developed. The line, 'he hides behind the perfect guise' is memorable. Thank you for sharing your wonderful poem, Ginny. =D

  3. Ginny this is really well done! Stanza 2 is my favorite. I also noticed that we both used bile (or a form of the word in our pieces this week, lol). Oh, and congrats on your FEPC award!

    1. I guess GMTA (great minds think alike) Mary! Oops, and speaking in acronyms, that would be NWCU award, don't want to step on any toes!

  4. I don't believe I ever stopped to think about the 'person underneath the makeup' ... very nice.

  5. Hey! Hey! What a fabulous piece. The words are astounding. That guise indeed.

  6. "Immersed in jagged compromise"
    I like that line

  7. I think everyone can relate to this in some way

  8. Nice worked well with this piece...

  9. well-crafted Quatern, Ginny... iambs all in order so it lilts nicely. The repetition the form offers is a strong line... great piece

  10. wonderful work, Ginny. your scope knows no boundaries.


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