Shostakovich

I’ve been on a masquerade all this time,

Can’t you see the hatefulness of it all?

It seems like one more day

Can be quite enough. It seems

As if it’s the entire time.

I cant remember something more

Venerable, elaborate; scheming.

If it was the way it is,

How could it ever be the way it was?

I wish to scream “Unmask! UNMASK!!”

For fear of losing it all,

For fear of forgetting it all.

This masquerade dulls it all,

This masquerade has become it all.

This time, is all it will ever be.

 

©Ramon Sturdivant

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