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Poem – “Mask Dance”

January 7, 2012 Poetry Travel & Living Abroad 0


By Ahmad Shiddiqi

dance of the strong warrior

showing advance of old age

in king’s old counselor

showing king in all his glory

with enough clowns to fill a circus

with their princes and clowns

relates the tales of Balinese

and Javanese ancestors

returning temporarily

to inhabit the mask