Masquerading Senryu in 2020

by Kristina Woodhill

after Mardi Gras
I notice you've not removed
your frightening mask

you now lock and load
prepare to defend your freedoms
words cough with bullets

neighbor mocks my mask
ignores my concerned big eyes
now I see his heart

our hidden wide smiles
as we pass inside the store
eyes learn how to hug


Posted on 05/22/2020
Copyright © 2022 Kristina Woodhill

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Chris Sorrenti on 05/22/20 at 05:43 PM

Great stuff Kristina! Can definitely see the connection/theme. Thanks for posting!!

Posted by Philip F De Pinto on 05/22/20 at 07:40 PM

As appropriate and splendid a metaphor as misappropriated brains can afford, such luxury as a concerned and informed heart as is your quill, and skill to rapt my soul.

Posted by Jo Halliday on 06/01/20 at 06:38 PM

It also reminds me of what happened on Mardi Gras in New Orleans ... works on several levels. As messaging doesn't work here, Kristina, and as you have often liked my poems, I thought also to share you with the news that my first book of poetry is published now (with many poems of mine that were first written here). (I shared this information in a journal entry too, here.)

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