There were whispered promises in the air
Jealous ears tried to steal,
And love in inebriated eyes.
There were dream-sellers too
Vending pretty bottle-fuls
In exchange for all your nightmares.
Hearts bobbed inside tall wine glasses
And hands touched,
Tenderer than before they part.
You touched music with your lips
And hung on to a kiss
As if you had tasted the light of the soul
And night melted away
like the aftertaste in your mouth.
Now the sun’s high on the horizon
And the night’s vapours are gone.
Molts litter the ground
You had danced upon
And the sequined mask
of last night’s Ball
Has welded into your face,
You, forever a Cinderella
In the endless masquerade
that began last night.