Carnivale (painting and poem)

Painting. Acrylic on canvas.




Kick up your heels,

Put on your mask;

Sweet pleasure's now

Your greatest task,

For soon enough

Each man's compelled

To shed his tawdry finery

And say farewell

To flesh

And all the rich feasts,

Whose fragrances will still assail

The world

When we are in our Lenten season.

And quiet prevails,

And passion must concede to reason,

For gray's both on us

And around

To dim

The color and the sound

Of that sweet and garish past.

So know that age

Will come too fast

And fade the days

And plastic masks,

And Carnivale.

Will end at last.


Faith Goble

Gander Press Review, (Fall and Winter, 2008)

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Taken on February 20, 2006