Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras

A Poem by Marie Harrison

A masked poem of love.


Mardi Gras

Ever since the flames licked

my fair pink burning flesh,

nothing in my life has remained the same.


I had to go back in to

save my little brother Chris.

 Life without him would kill me,

besides myself I would forever blame.


Even though it’s been ten years,

my face still feels the pain.


Having to go through high school

with a scarred face is just lame.


I’ve got the body of a goddess;

I must admit I’m beautiful from the neck down,

but the hideous burn scars

on my face have remained.


Months after the accident

weeks before school started,

a knock at my door came.


An anonymous donor sent a box

 full of beautifully hand decorated

Mardi Gras masks made for only the fairest lady,

that’s the day I got my new name.


Each month a new box of masks

would arrive and I would wear everyone.

I became known as the royal shapely, disfigured lady.

Mardi Gras was my fame.


One night a mysterious white box appeared,

inside rested the most unique and intricately

adorned mask of all.  It was a pure white mask adorned

with a delicate French ivory lace, fluffy pure white

dove feathers and shiny white pearls outlined the mask. 

White is normally considered lame

but this was breathtaking, nothing plain. 


Inside the box was also an

 invitation, asking me to attend

the prom with "Masked Bandit" Lane.


 I couldn’t believe it! All along it was

my handsome next door neighbor and

 Chris' best friend, who had been sending

the ornate masks to me.  He was my hero now, 

my enthusiasm could hardly be tamed.. 


Lane had always adored my brother Chris and seemed

to like me too. I always knew he had

a crush on me, but I never knew to what extent.

I rushed over to his house where he was playing

with my brother Chris a heated basketball game.


I hugged him and told him that

I would love to go with him to the prom.


Just between you and me,

Lane and I will always be the

masked King and Queen of Mardi Gras

and forever in love we will reign.






© 2010 Marie Harrison

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I like this a lot. The length was used beautifully and I never stopped reading. your descriptions in love and feeling are strong! Great work!

Posted 10 Years Ago

Even though the qualifications of the contest said "Nothing to do with love or romance" and now say "NO LOVE OR ROMANCE"... I did enjoy this poem. Very lovely and well written. Great expression and description. The flow/rhythm could use a little work in some places but I love the details of each mask she received. Beautiful poem.

Posted 10 Years Ago

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A fictional high school story involving Mardi Gras masks and the prom.

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Added on June 17, 2010
Last Updated on June 19, 2010
Tags: Masks, Love, Hero, Fantasy, Fairy Tale, Teen Story Poem


Marie Harrison
Marie Harrison

Atlanta, GA

Momma told me to get out and enjoy life, so now I'm going to dance. more..