August 17, 2012
A shimmering array of candlelight;
lights on the floor of a pristine world.
I want so badly to take flight,
but I continue to spin and twirl.

The tears in my lashes are diamonds;
my smile will never falter.
Still, the knives in my feet are reminders-
I’m one more sacrifice on this altar...

On the pedestals of make-believe,
of lies and measured glances.
I’ll cover up the pain inside
or destroy life’s fragile dances.

I haven’t any wings to fly;
even then, I could not go.
I’ve got to keep on dancing,
even if I dance alone.

I’ll dance ‘till everyone is gone,
and play my part to perfection.
No wrong notes in my fine melody,
not a blemish in my complexion.

No one here will see me fall,
I’m the epitome of masquerades.
Each unshed tear and broken dream
I’ll carry to my grave.

Who will see me fade away?
Like the shimmering light of the moon,
I’m fading fast, but keep my grasp;
I refuse to meet my doom.

Someday I might taste freedom,
but for now, I’m holding on.
Each dance step is a painful lie,
but the masquerade lives on.

Join the Discussion

This article has 3 comments. Post your own now!

cayaTW This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Aug. 28, 2012 at 8:22 pm
This is beautifully laid out.  Your emotion toward the subject really shines through.  This is one of the best things I've read in a long time.  It has a good flow that i have no problem reciting it like a song.
Katie-jo said...
Aug. 21, 2012 at 9:09 pm
This really captures the emotion, I think, of life in's a very, very good poem!
shimmering_stars replied...
Aug. 22, 2012 at 9:44 am
Thank you so much for your comments on all of my poetry! I'd respond to each one, but that might take a while, =) so I just want to give you one giant thank you right now. It's always really confidence-building to have an outside reader, someone who's never seen my work before, compliment it and spend time to read through it all. Sometimes I get really frustrated with writing when I keep it to myself for so long, so it's been really helpful to have you read through everything. I ... (more »)
Site Feedback