THE WORLD IS A PLAY
I wear a harlequin mask, I cannot throw it away.
I dance around in robes and colored cloths,
In shoes with gold buckles and ringing bells.
I recite great verses and sacred psalms
The crowds applaud and cheer and the sounds ring in my ears.
I am on the stage, for the whole world to see,
And I am the toast of every ball
And I am the envy of every parade.
I sit upon my silvery throne,
I look down at the crowds, their eyes all a wondrous glow
With the joy they act out as they join in and sing,
But it is all a show, a simple play.
A performance acted out every day.
I wear a mask in every act and scene
Whether it frowns or laughs, or under it is a giggle or a sneer,
I have no choice but to put it on, anyway, every day.
Without it who would know my name?
I would be nothing but a wash up, wearing sackcloth,
The man the world stage threw away.
We wear our harlequin masks,
We cannot throw them away.
If we ever put them down, we would have no life, there would be no play.
The great show must go on.
So, let us put our faces on and sing.
Bryce Bivens is a Political Science student studying International Relations (Specializing in East Asia) and Japanese language at MTSU. He has lived in several states across America and in Australia, as well as having traveled to many countries. He enjoys studying history, philosophy and politics, and his interests include outdoor recreation, gaming, science, and mechanics. Some of his favorite franchises are Star Wars, Warhammer 40k and Fantasy, Halo, the Sheanera series, and many others.
Indeed, his interests extend into many areas, including writing, wherein he specializes in science fiction and fantasy, which he loves most; he prefers to write short stories but dabbles in poetry. He also is an amateur blacksmith learning the craft.