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The Never-ending Masque:

A troupe of dancers, with colourful costumes
Ascends the stage with jaunty smiles
Whilst the eldest member, in a Jester's mask
Narrates the tale in style:

As they begin their dance, these lovely dancers
The skies turn cold and grey...
Arms reach down from the rumbling heavens
And they take our stage away!

Yet the harlequins laugh
And simply dance on the grass
For the show must go on
Until time has passed

Harken brothers, a wicked wind blows!
It stirs from the belly of the unkind beast
It rips our props away from us;
And hopes the dance will cease...

But the Harlequins laugh and continue the show
They mime to mimic their props and tools
Using naught but the love that they have in their hearts
They create a fable of ghosts and ghouls

My brothers, no, it cannot be!
The narrator grasps at his throat in anguish
For the Jester's voice has been taken away
And now the show can finally be vanquished...

But the Harlequins laugh and put on a smile
They clap their brother upon his coloured back
From his pockets they pull out notes and signs;
Writing the story in the boldest of black:

"Though all in the world may be ripped from us
We hold to the love that we have for the stage
For The illusion of having nothing at all
Is naught but a delusory cage!"

-Chen Yuan Wen, 18th July 2012
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Author's Comment:

Even when all in the world is ripped from me. Even, in the face of adversity. I will go on ^^

For the stage and the poems that I write, are the twin passions that burn brightly within my beating heart.

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This poem reminded me of CS Goto's "Dawn of War: Tempest" where the play is set and played by a group of jesters who are very much like the narrator's "never-ending masque". This carnival, with its almost hedonistic nihillism does, appreciably, capture the rapture which is contemplative enough to conjure images of vagaries and overwhelming obstacles that continue to haunt us - much like my own poem "Shadows in the Drapery", this masquerade is a display of our depths, which we are unable to reach, and yet are unable to contemplate in whatever capacity we could conjure.

Visionary and Unique - a truly wonderous imagining.
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liyaperfidious Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012
I really like the 4th stanza in particular.
WordOfChen Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Professional Writer
Thank you for enjoying this piece ^^

-Captain Chenbeard of the Black Fedora Pirates :iconwordofchen:
MoxieMyths Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012
nice beat!
TwiUnderSeeker Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012
Great Job.
LyraJolt Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Student General Artist
:3 What a hope filling poem ~ I kept thinking about all the different types of arts there is, because even if you have nothing at all, you can still do a Form of Art ~
Chen , I don't think there'll ever be a problem that you would fail at, honestly everything that been thrown at you been dealt with quickly and with victory ~
noorelven Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012
interesting approach !
I-Lost-My-Way Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Viva la resistance~! :ahoy:
white-lucky-star Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Student
all i can say is that this is a truly inspiring piece ^^
i love it =D
neurotype Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Your form needs tightening. The idea isn't bad but it relies heavily on gimmicks.
WordOfChen Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012  Professional Writer
Thank you for responding ^^

Perhaps you can suggest examples of both.

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