|From Europa's fairy book (1916) (New York Public Library, scanned by nicole deyo)|
Obtained from IA.org: europasfairybook00jaco, via Wikicommons.
Her mask looks back at her from the mirror—
Dark brown dripped-wax and feathers on Papier-
Mâché molded form—she pretends to be
Helen up sky high with her Daddy Zeus.
She wants to reveal how using beauty
To trick and betray is a classic ruse
How cancelled a woman is in the role
Of face: the face that launched a thousand ships.
She sympathizes with Marilyn Monroe
And other beauty queens, McGuffins all
And asks her Helen what she would be if
She could remove her set plot, mask and fate.
Helen, her dark eyes glaring, says: I'd beMy Own Muse, Oh! the drama you would see!
Inspired by Michael's Mini-Challenge: Masks at IGWRT, and posted for Poets United Poetry Pantry #173.