Masquerade Ball

She walks among them

Middle class and mannered

Poised, articulate

Treading self-assured

Through mind-numbing days

 

Dresses as if

She holds place and purpose

 

Strides as if

She retains value

Felonious, among the good

 

Interacts as if

Her heart and mind

Hold currency against

Interminable judgments

 

Speaks as if

MLK’s dream, realized

Allows character’s years

To outweigh

Moments’ mistakes

 

Dreams as if

Her future,

Not pre-destined

As squalid squashed

Ignored cow-patty,

Holds potential promise

 

Hopes as if

All future prospects

Float universal,

Independent of hell’s

Fed-writ damnation,

Soar blasphemous heavenward

Exist

 

Day by day

She materializes

Cinderalla with pumpkin coach

In full costume

 

Wallflower

Waiting to dance

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