Soft skin, marred,
cutting into blank white;
suffocating plastic sweats
against the mouth of the thing.
A moth-swarm of faces,
of sickly hospital white
plastic; mouths gasping
for air and everyone drinking spirits
like the world is about to end.
The façade of a masquerade,
pearl whites with jagged oysters
creaking underneath, all botox
and sloppily revisited youth;
death is passed as a disease.
One within, too prideful
for a mask, yet pale faced
enough to spend the night
in the quagmire and relive
the quicksand underfoot forever.
Hard, wrinkled women
asphyxiating slowly in the crushing
pressure of plastic on sweat on skin
right down to the bone.
Still, the white-wind, bare, ghost
lingers in the after-party,
picking up the discarded masks
with smooth, youthful fingers;
resignedly exhaling down into sinking earth.
Something I wrote for a creative writing portfolio in first year of university.