Masquerade

Masquerade

A Poem by Jamila
"

Paris, 2020

"
Four walls
my own
Versailles
fully dressed
in my
surgical
gown
Death's mask
to hide
my features
sullen
as a
Sun King's
frown
my song
of
Boccaccio
whispers
a
Decameron
haunting
that has
cast its
pall
as
here
I sit
in
unsocial
distance
alone
in
my
masquerade
ball.

© 2020 Jamila


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Jamila
Thanx for reading. :)

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Definitely THE most imaginative way that I've seen "social distancing" portrayed! I understand many are ranting & venting their frustrations these days, but I get so tired of people having lost their creativity & their sense of humor & their sense of communication, just falling into the chorus of whining & preaching & criticizing & fomenting. THIS POEM is the poster child for turning misery into art. I love your snarky fun commentary with wicked unique details (((HUGS))) Fondly, Margie

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Jamila

2 Weeks Ago

Thanx so much, Margie! I think I have written my last on the virus; too many writes on the same them.. read more



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You, as we sit in our castles keeping ourselves apart getting on with our hobbies and crafts - picking up projects put aside because they has come to a difficult point. Now sorting them out one by one > If you get bored, well their is another one or two waiting

No TV we have music CD or DVD

I do hope you are not in a surgical gown & face mask
Dress in a nice sunny outfit

Keep warm and take care
PeteC

Posted 2 Days Ago


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Jamila

2 Days Ago

Thanx, Wild Rose! Two weeks in complete isolation and revelling in it! Have so much to do that the t.. read more
Wild Rose

2 Days Ago

You are welcome Jamila
what a brilliant reference from my brilliant poetess friend:) I shall have to reintroduce those works from Boccaccio I have a touch of memory from one or two of his writes from a long time ago:) there is a solace in the familiarity of words in expression at all times and even in the lines spoken of suffering to know that tho you may be physically alone you are not truly alone as you join in the chorus and make your own marks of resonance in your masquerade ball:) We are all joined in this distance and we will all rejoice in its ends one day:) Keep that clever mind and heart safe my dear Jamila with her lovely lines

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Jamila

4 Days Ago

Thanx so much, dear Robert! The rejoicing in its end can't come soon enough! I hope you are staying .. read more
Love the term ‘unsocial distance ‘
That’s brilliant in a word Jamila. A masquerade indeed for us the younger lot especially. I love to party and I am an absolute sunbaby! The sullenness and exasperation conveyed here is felt so strongly. Stay safe you!
Love
~ Rania

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Jamila

1 Week Ago

Thanx so much, dear Rania! I am staying safe. No more business trips for you until this world crisis.. read more
Rania

1 Week Ago

Aww yes Jamila! I’m so outdoorsy! I just pick up my land rover and drive off to a beach on the ou.. read more
' my song .. of .. Boccaccio .. whispers .. Decameron .. haunting .. that.. .. .. '

This literally trickle down the screen, a mix of the cerebral and emotional. And, immensely visual in the process. Not asking - because I don't want an answer, thank you, but i wonder if perhaps you set pen to paper and the poem wrote itself. Wondering, yet more, if you're needing to express things in poetry whilst having to face a reality which is almost too much.. .. Perhaps we're all feeling that life should be a pleasure but in fact, what we feel is a loss of that liberty to feel how and what we want: Part of a Whole.

A sad yet astoundingly powerful piece of writing.

Posted 1 Week Ago


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Jamila

1 Week Ago

Thanx so much, madame emmajoy! I'll keep my answers to your queries to myself but I am glad this lit.. read more
This is a creative and haunting take on the psychological impact of this modern plague on the not-yet-sick individual. Not only is there the uncertainty of the if or when syndrome as we ponder our own fate in the coming days, there is also the loneliness and idleness of being isolated as we try our best to outrun the impact.

I couldn't help but think of the ominousness of Poe in The Cask of Amontillado. Its carnival atmosphere lends an initial levity that is quickly dispersed--as your poem does. The notion of a ball is quickly negated by the sterility of the surgical gown and the death mask. And we find ourselves in the vortex of our current situation where we meet the future with uncertainty.

Love the way you use allusions in your work. To my mind these little things elevate the work. And your formatting here, the way it dwindles to the single word lines, definitely contributes to the sense of desperation and exclusivity of self-isolation. Great work, as ever, Jamila.

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Jamila

1 Week Ago

Thanx so much, dear Eilis! I shall look up that particular tale of Poe and try and identify what you.. read more
HI jamila. Sorry i logged in after sooo many days...
i came straight to ur poem.
so nowadays it does seem like a deadly masquerade Ball here with me locked up with my family and my mom playing a baton-wielding sergeant and me masquerading as a scared rabbit hopping from room to room to avoid her i love the way you described the current global isolation scene.
stay safe



Posted 1 Week Ago


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Jamila

1 Week Ago

Thanx so much, MisterG. Your thoughts on this poem are spot on. Its a global masquerade ball of isol.. read more
MisterG

1 Week Ago

Thank you for inspiring me and encouraging me always Ms. Jamila
🐇💕
I like it. It's timely, it's haunting, .......well. It's a bit scary!

Posted 1 Week Ago


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Jamila

1 Week Ago

Thanx so much, Frankie! Timely, indeed! It's what is happening beyond our doors that is the frighten.. read more
An excellent and imaginative poem, Jamila. It exudes celebration among isolation one must go through.

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Jamila

1 Week Ago

Thanx so much, dear Relic! Yes, we could use some celebration in our isolation at this time. Anythin.. read more
Very creative Jamila. A masquerade ball without the people. I felt the social distancing here, within those four walls that suddenly become very claustrophobic. Some great imagery here. Perfectly penned for our times.

Chris

Posted 1 Week Ago


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Jamila

1 Week Ago

Thanx so much, dear Chris! I am not really feeling claustrophobic; my balcony can solve that problem.. read more
As I recall, the Decameron had the Black Death as its backdrop. Very appropriate indeed for this time. Not sure I understand the Louis 14th connection, but the other symbolism used here is quite clear. The poet is dressed in clothing to resist COVID-19; she wears a death's mask. Moreover, she sits alone, all dressed up, but nowhere to go, alone in her palace, keeping "unsocial distance." Well, Beloved, that's the way plagues tend to be. They all have one thing in common: They suck.

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Jamila

1 Week Ago

Thanx so much, dear John! I am glad you understood most of the references here. The reference to Lou.. read more

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Jamila

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