Friday, November 21, 2008

Daily Masquerade

Week 38 Topic: Need not apply

bonus points
(hard, 2 points): include breaking a mirror
(easy, 1 point): mention an opera

Final day to post: Nov. 24th, midnight GMT.

Looking at the image staring back at me
behind this smile lies pain that others just can't see.
If eyes are truly the window to a person's soul
the eyelids are the blinds and hiding is their goal.

The mirror has its way of pointing out your flaws
using everything you hold inside against you just because.
If and when you realize it's not so cut and dry
you break the mirror's hold on you and kiss the view goodbye.

With the image shattered you go about your day
joining in life's masquerade watching people play.
The immortal hour creeps up on you faster than you know
and in these times, if you do sleep, those images just flow.

No shrink can really help you so they need not apply
your issues are your issues and that you can't deny.
A wash and rinse won't rid you of what dwells within
only you can cure what ails you once you're ready to begin.

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The Immortal Hour is the most famous opera by English composer Rutland Boughton. Boughton adapted his own libretto from the works of Fiona MacLeod, a pseudonym of writer William Sharp.

The Immortal Hour is a fairy tale or fairy opera, with a mood and theme similar to Dvořák's Rusalka and Mozart's The Magic Flute. Magic and nature spirits play important roles in the storyline. The Faery people are not mischievous, childlike sprites, but are proud and powerful: immortal demigods who are feared by mortals and who can (and do) interfere with the lives of men and women. The story of Eochaidh is typical of myths (like that of Icarus) where humans seek the divine and are destroyed by it. Alternatively, the progression of Etain into the mortal realm and her pursuit and redemption by Midir has similarities with the legend of Orpheus and Eurydice.


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