masquerade

michèle voltaire marcelin

first i will cry
then i will lose sleep over you
and go quite mad for a few weeks
covering my head with ashes
dressing in sicilian widow’s weeds
i will not care for food or drink
my friends will not know what to think
i’ll sing sad songs in the mirror
trying a range of expressions
letting tears stream down my cheeks
i will curse you and wish for hell
and arrange for my funeral
ordering wild chrysanthemums
out of season
but then i’ll fall in love again
i’ll dance and sing and rhapsodize
and bare my soul
and i will let my laughter ring
as if i’d quite lost my reason
i’ll paint the town so very red
i’ll run fire out of its bed
i wonder how long this will last
before the whole damn thing
begins again

michèle voltaire marcelin

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