∙•§• ƍ∙∙ masque ∙∙ƍ •§•∙



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i’ve always been uneasy around people

i don’t know why

lots of  reasons

no reason

most of  the time i’ve  just been absent from life

a mask with a veneer of  civility aimed at the world

i  don’t love myself

don’t  hate myself

  i  just…


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“Bennie and the Jets”   Elton John



artwork~ “Byzantine Head. The Blonde”   Alphonse Mucha  1897

“Byzantine Head. The Brunette”   Alsphonse Mucho  1897

{ public domain }



this is my submission to ~


Love-Hate Relationships   at    POETRY JAM
prompt:     love-hate relationship

thank you,  Mary!


Open Link Monday    at   imaginary garden with real toads
submit a new or old poem

thank you,  Kerry!


OpenLinkNight ~ Week 64    at   dVerse ~ Poets Pub
submit a new or old poem

thank you,  Hedgewitch!


Prompt  240   at   One Single Impression
prompt:   Absent

thank you,  Sandra!


Trifecta: Week Forty-Five    at    trifecta
prompt:   UNEASY  ~  marked by lack of ease :  awkward,  embarrassed

thank you,  Draug!





i am also participating in ~




“Bennie and the Jets”   Elton John

“Bennie And The Jets” is a song composed by Elton John and Bernie Taupin. The song first appeared on the “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” album in 1973. “Bennie And The Jets” has been one of John’s most popular songs. Elton John was set against releasing “Bennie And The Jets” on side one of the “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” album, and was even against releasing it as a single, believing it would fail. The song peaked at number one on the singles charts in 1974. “Bennie And The Jets” was also John’s first Top 40 hit on the R&B charts, going to number one there as well. The acceptance of “Bennie And The Jets” on R&B radio helped land John, a huge soul music fan, a guest appearance on the May 17, 1975, edition of “Soul Train”, during which he played “Bennie And The Jets” and “Philadelphia Freedom”. “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” was the seventh studio album by British singer-songwriter John, released in 1973. It is regarded as his magnum opus. With worldwide sales of at least 31 million copies, it is his best-selling studio album. In 2003, the album was ranked number 91 on “Rolling Stone” magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. Sir Elton Hercules John, CBE (born Reginald Kenneth Dwight, on 25 March 1947) is an English singer-songwriter, composer and pianist. He has worked with his songwriting partner Bernie Taupin since 1967, and they have collaborated on more than 30 albums to date. In his four-decade career John has sold more than 250 million records, making him one of the most successful artists of all time. He has more than 50 Top 40 hits, including seven consecutive No. 1 U.S. albums, 56 Top 40 singles, 16 Top 10s, four No. 2 hits, and nine No. 1 hits. He has won five Grammy awards, an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award and a Tony Award. In 2004, “Rolling Stone” ranked him Number 49 on its list of the 100 greatest artists of all time. John was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994. He has been heavily involved in the fight against AIDS since the late 1980s, and was knighted in 1998. He entered into a civil partnership with David Furnish on 21 December 2005 and continues to be a champion for LGBT social movements. In 2008, “Billboard” magazine ranked him as the most successful male solo artist on the Billboard Hot 100 Top All-Time Artists (third overall, behind only The Beatles and Madonna).






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48 responses to “∙•§• ƍ∙∙ masque ∙∙ƍ •§•∙

  1. oy….i find comfort in people actually, i can lose myself there a bit and make it more about them than me….i understand the ambivilent feelings about self though…its a tentaive balance between love and hate….smiles.

  2. This just blew me away.

  3. just being is no bad thing at all ya know…smiles

  4. I liked your masque better without the cross-out, but I get the ambivalence, the lack of presence and the veneer. No one could have expressed it better or more simply, this place in the masquerade we call life. It’s hard to get out of the line-up, but wort it.

  5. Your poem is rather sad but I think we all feel that way a lot of the time. It’s part of the human ondition. And if you look anything like those glorious illustrations you’re not half-bad!

  6. This has a sad tone to it, Dani. Especially the ‘absent from life’ phrase. And the ambivalence of feeling toward self. A gut-level, honest write.

  7. Draug419

    My phone does not like your blog :(
    But I was able to read it and I was reminded of something: myself. Little ol’ introverted, socially anxious Draug. >__< It speaks to me and I liked it.

    • the theme is supposed to have a mobile version but i know it doesn’t work on many phones. {sigh} thank you for your visit and kind comment. {smile}

  8. We all find things about ourselves we hate, don’t we? This is where learning self love comes in. Being a bit claustrophobic I’m not good in crowds, I get a bit overwhelmed and want to run…Many of us do wear masks though don’t we? Many different ones for different occasions or, people.

    • i think it’s more difficult to not wear a mask of some sort in most situations ~ being one’s true self all the time is hard! {smile} thanks for your visit and comment, Bren! ♥

  9. kimnelson

    I share that occasional uneasiness… although no one would ever suspect.

  10. peggygoetz

    Interesting take on the love-hate relationship — how the conflict between the two can create a kind of ambivalence. I guess we all have our own collection of masks.

  11. The pain this persona feels is magnified by the stark simplicity of the poem. The crossed out ‘don’t’ by ‘hate’ is a great touch.

  12. Just being is okay :)

  13. Helen

    We love you …..

  14. This was a great piece

  15. This was intense and vivid. You conveyed that “pretend to be something/someone for the rest of the world” feeling well.

  16. I like the subtle strike through on the line I (don’t) hate myself. An interesting portrait, with a lot of pain and confusion – but well written.

  17. Lovely poem on self-examination. It shows how sensitive and self-aware you are. The mask or lack of presence is probably a self-protective measure until you feel comfortable. Just accept it as a part of you and don’t berate yourself for it!

    • i identified my masks in a women’s consciousness raising group in the late 1970’s ~ LOL! that’s about all i remember about it though. thanks for stopping by, Ms Mouse! ♥

  18. A silly aside: When I first heard “Benny and the Jets,” which I love, I misheard the lyrics “electric boots” as “electric boobs!”

  19. I so identify with this piece. Feel it.

  20. Hello, Dani, you’re so open and creative as well as supportive of others. I’m not sure if this was meant to be autobiographical since you wrote it in the first person. But I don’t find you absent at all. On the contrary, you’re very connected and involved :)

  21. Wow, I can empathize with those feelings. I really liked the structure to this. Thanks for linking up!

  22. I can also empathize with these feelings…I find myself becoming much more solitary as I get older, perhaps just tired of holding my mask up for so long. A wonderful take on the prompt!

  23. Sometimes we need to wear a mask, but we should also be aware of taking it off and just being ourselves. happy day to you ~

  24. margaretbednar

    Often, people aren’t enjoyable to be around! I cherish “real” people, those that aren’t out to impress. I hope this isn’t you!

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