Michelle Tiddy

Rookie (28/10/70 / Staffordshire, England)

Masquerade - Poem by Michelle Tiddy

Confusion, desperation
What could this be
Is everyone lying to me?
Turn one way, then another
The horses on the merry-go-round
Seem to be snickering
They know more than they tell
Their painted faces mocking

Cotton-candy, toffee apples
Treats, or bribes?
The cacophony of organ music
Adding to the bewilderment
Jugglers, men on stilts
But I can't see their eyes,
they won't let me

Is life just a fairground ride?
Do I need to shoot arrows
To find the prize, or do I need
To put a penny in the slot
Of The Fortune Teller
Who will laugh before she tells me

Spinning, spinning, sighing
Drunk on the parody
Of Pantomime, deception, words and love
Wondering who I can trust
To show me the way out
Of this Circus, the way home

I am in that bubble, you know
Dancing at the masquerade ball
Looking for something, someone
I can't see, but is it really them I need?
I need strength to burst
Right out of that shiny prison

So, the clock hits midnight
It all ends and the music stops
The bubble pops and I am clearer
Or am I, not sure
But friends and love reach out
Take my hand, protect my heart
Help me, to be just me.

Comments about Masquerade by Michelle Tiddy

  • (3/16/2007 6:54:00 PM)

    Michelle, your descriptions of all that's around you and what you're feeling are beyond real and don't we all worry about the end? The core of you is not really lost, and I know the 'you in you' will be found...Not forgoTEN....another keeper for my list.....marci :) (Report) Reply

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  • (3/16/2007 6:23:00 PM)

    Life is a roller coaster just got to ride it! (apparently according to some cheesey 90's boyband!) . There is so much here in terms of imagery - pantomines, masquerade balls, fairgrounds - no wonder you seem so lost. Nice writing.
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Poem Submitted: Friday, March 16, 2007

Poem Edited: Wednesday, February 2, 2011

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