The Harlequin | Vaishali Gopal @flappergirlwords

Updated: Feb 24

In a heady costume

Diamond shaped collars

Holding the regal eyes in cakes make-up

With a striking mouth narrating a story

Poised in loud humour

Veiling tremendous irony

You see, this lone comic only deigns

To enact putting lipstick on a pig

Playing it up like a magic trick

It's the listener that knows the truth

All the pageantry in the world doesn't hide

The hideousness of the life they live in their hearts

The stark powdered face wasn't the one to be mocked

The clown slinked back to her place

A hysterical queen of the masses

And the people? They quietly call out

Encore, encore, encore...

With, just act one.

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