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Below is the poem entitled MASKED BALL - THE SURPRISE which was written by poet daver austin. Please feel free to comment on this poem. However, please remember, PoetrySoup is a place of encouragement and growth.

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The final sweet phrase has sounded
Our dancers await by twos
All still in mask, impatient
To hear their sovereign’s news

Queen Adaelade, Ball Chancellor
Has watched the evening through
Her task, by long tradition bound
Select the reigning two

Her selection goes a wandering
But, at last, in regal voice
She points the Lady Persephony
And her lordly patrician choice

The pair, to wild acclaim, unmask
Selection, (all along) contrivance knows
Will be the Lady Persephony
And her *Cavalier of the Rose

*I couldn’t resist the last line’s reference to Richard Strauss’ Opera
Der Rosenkavalier. 

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  1. Date: 1/15/2013 8:43:00 AM
    I love it Daver, you painted a gorgeous picture, also very clever.

  1. Date: 12/5/2012 2:47:00 PM
    excellent Daver enjoyed all three of these..

  1. Date: 12/4/2012 1:43:00 PM
    daver, I am waiting for a new poem, my friend!! thanks for reading two of my recent ones. What are you up to this december?

  1. Date: 11/25/2012 1:54:00 PM
    Quite a fairy tale! Light & Love

  1. Date: 11/25/2012 12:13:00 AM
    Hi, there, Daver. What are you up to for this Sunday?? Are you a football guy still?

  1. Date: 11/23/2012 6:48:00 AM
    pick me pick me, Queen Adaelade. love, Kathy

  1. Date: 11/22/2012 8:49:00 AM
    hey, I don't think I saw this one yet. I love these masked ball poems of yours, Daver. How are you this fine Thanksgiving Day. Hope you really enjoy the day with family. LUv, Andrea

  1. Date: 11/21/2012 10:14:00 PM
    You've done amazing work with this set of poems, Daver! :) I'm not sure if the Opera has a "Masked Ball", but it made me start to watch the opera on Youtube. Hope you will have a great Thanksgiving. Keep well...Love, Mikki :)

  1. Date: 11/21/2012 9:01:00 PM
    Bravo! I love all three. And loved the title of the last - The Surprise. All very very enjoyable reads. Though the reference to Der Rosenkavalier was beyond me. I'm not familiar at all with Strauss. Great work!

  1. Date: 11/21/2012 4:24:00 PM
    Great work with such wonderful rhyme, flow and rhythm..I appreciate you stopping by..Sara

  1. Date: 11/21/2012 1:59:00 PM
    A beautiful trilogy I will keep an eye on your work from now on thank you for these xx