Thank you for all of the beautiful messages of concern. They warm my battered heart. I will be responding to every single one of them.

After weeks of life threatening blood pressure levels, we finally have it down to near normal levels. Now, we begin the process of repairing my heart.

When I first returned to Florida, I purchased a ticket to a New Years Eve Masquerade ball. Tonight, I will sit at the bar DRINKING WATER, watching OTHERS DANCE, as I welcome in the New Year in a room of masked strangers.


chilly winds of melancholy
blew memories through my window
inducing a crescendo of shivers
waltzing on my flesh
haunting players of unrequited love
perform in this lonely masquerade
a sadistic, nightmare revue
as my mirror reflects
a face cloaked in smiles and laughs
failing to mask the pain
of another year without you

Happy and healthy 2020.

8 thoughts on “masquerade

    1. Wonderful to hear from you. You are one of the special persons in life who knows how to make my heart smile. Thank you my dear friend.

      I am not out of the woods yet, I may be needing heart surgery, but at least we are gasining control of the situation.

      I hope 2020 brings happiness, great health, and love to you and everyone you love. Take good care of yourself.

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  1. Drew, happy new year to you and to everyone you love.
    I was shocked to hear that you were not well. May 2020 bring you health and a well of happiness. May all your dreams come true. May the stars heal you and make you much stronger.
    Enjoy the evening. Be happy.
    The poem is superb.

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    1. Ay Amiga.
      El daño que he causado a mi corazón al tomar píldoras peligrosas para aliviar mi dolor de espalda y cervical. Este ha sido un Diciembre aterrador.

      Thank you for your beautiful message and concern. You and your poetry have been greatly missed.

      May 2020 bring all the health, happiness, warmth, and love you deserve. May your friends and loved ones bask in the beauty of your poetry and the elegance of your spirit.
      I truly wish 2020 is a year of joy for you.

      Thank you for your beautiful message. Be well G.

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