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Below is the poem entitled Guignol which was written by poet Melanie X. Clarke. Please feel free to comment on this poem. However, please remember, PoetrySoup is a place of encouragement and growth.

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The musty lights corrupt the stage
Twisting the form of the heavy curtains
Framed by the stolen shadows of cherubs
A delicate music box whispers into the guilded room
A faint perfume of smoldering limes bitter the air
This night could be Prague, Vienna...
Then I conquer the stage, arise and fulfill the lights
Only to again to have my dignity murdered infront of me
Adressing a hollow room
The only half-sound, glowering laughter in my mind
The meadow of poppy-red seats stare through the dark
The lights sharpen from their soft glow
And regroup as piercing arrows
Stripping me down
Back to my soul
I questioned why the others left 
	(and they question why I stay)
Neither are sure if it's through choice, or truth
Living in this dead theatre

Copyright © Melanie X. Clarke

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  1. Date: 10/20/2009 10:14:00 AM
    This piece really caught my attention- I like the descriptions.. favourite lines "the meadow of poppy-red seats" and "I questioned why the others left.(.and they question why I stay).

  1. Date: 10/20/2009 3:45:00 AM
    I would like to welcome you to PoetrySoup Melanie. I also wish you the best in your writing endeavors. If you have questions please feel free to ask anyone here. We are all willing to help and if we don't know the answer we will find someone who does. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 10/19/2009 5:45:00 PM
    Very nice poem. Pam

  1. Date: 10/19/2009 2:30:00 PM
    Absorbing poem Melanie >> James