Unmasked

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This face is not the one I wore yesterday. Recast as abstraction, it chases illusions that will pilot my borrowed dreams.  Today I am a galaxy of song, light, color and dance.

If I turn around
will I recollect myself
or pass myself by?

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A haibun for the dVerse prompt of Mardi Gras, using synonyms for Colleen’s Tanka Tuesday words “follow” and “lead”.  The collage is based on a Cajun Mardi Gras mask.  I also made the haibun a quadrille of 44 words after being inspired by Jane and Merril’s use of this very short form.

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36 responses to “Unmasked”

  1. Jane Dougherty says :

    I wonder if we’d recognise ourselves if we could watch ourselves on CCTV. The collage reminds me very much of the rainbow galaxy I posted here https://janedougherty.wordpress.com/2019/03/12/flower-explosion/
    Your words recall it too—a burst of colour.

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  2. merrildsmith says :

    I really like this. There’s an idea of time here, too–would we recognize our past (or future) selves? The collage is bright and colorful, but it also scares me a bit–it also could be looking out or in.

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  3. robertawrites235681907 says :

    A fabulous picture and lovely poem, Kerfe.

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  4. memadtwo says :

    I love your masks. This one is very sculptural. Excellent poem too.

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  5. Ennle Madresan says :

    This is fabulous…there are times I don’t recognize myself…

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  6. Beverly Crawford says :

    Great abstract depicting the face of yesterday and the face of tomorrow. Something to think about.

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  7. Björn Rudberg (brudberg) says :

    Maybe we are all people of many faces, it’s just that we lack the capacity to see beyond one.

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  8. Frank J. Tassone says :

    Reblogged this on Frank J. Tassone and commented:
    #Haiku Happenings #9: Memadtwo’s latest #quadrille #haibun for #dversepoets!

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  9. Frank Hubeny says :

    Chasing illusions and borrowed dreams is enough to make me cautious of what I do.

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  10. rivrvlogr says :

    I picture you walking a life-sized spiral, acknowledging your other-masked self with a nod as you pass by.

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  11. Jodi says :

    interesting question indeed 🙂

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  12. Sharon Mann says :

    I like how you have place the eyes in the cutout eyes and the small mouth in the cutout mouth. You have us all pondering today!

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  13. Gospel Isosceles says :

    The mask fits right into NOLA parading, and I like how it incorporates the elements to reinforce the idea that we are incorporeal, composed of the same matter as stars. I don’t know how to begin to answer your question though because I don’t have a strong sense of identity here on earth.

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    • memadtwo says :

      Thanks! Most of the questions I pose have no answers…

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      • Gospel Isosceles says :

        I was thinking about this earlier today. Why am I never learning anything? As I realized I hardly have any answers. But what you just said, and your poem, now makes me think that if the questions are still flowing in, then perhaps I’m not as dumb and doomed as I thought:) Thanks, Kerfe.

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