The trouble with costume parties –
Especially Halloween ones –
Is that we already wear costumes every day.
For us, the world’s a stage –
With set pieces –
Produced for family, work, and friends.
We always play “ourselves” of course,
But, as director, we’re
Capable, at a moment’s notice,
Of changing script, actors, location,
And even meaning.
We do this faster than eye can follow –
Faster than memory encodes –
And it’s a seamless entertainment –
Performed for an audience of one.
We find ourselves living inside our own movie –
A production of hope, pathos and tragedy –
But we can never touch it
Since nothing produced in this manner will ever be fully real.
Instead, we hold life close, like a secret deck of cards,
And postpone true reality
Until the moment after death –
So, for now, everything can appear – so far as the world’s concerned – to be
In its rightful place.