Rose Carter

The Masked Symphony

Southeast · Larchmere · Poetry

A myriad of beautiful colors,
Hiding faces,
Protecting us from the spread of peril.

I see a stunning glory.
Intrigued I wonder what lies beneath.
A jovial smile?
One beleaguered with grief?
A shy flautist?
An ostentatious soprano?
I am watching,
Beholding the beauty of this silent symphony,
Is where I find my peace.

Rose Carter

Rose Carter has lived in Shaker her whole life. She moved to this area two years ago because of the Larchmere Arts District. She chose this neighborhood for its inspiration, sense of community, and safety. She wrote this poem while sitting outside on her steps while observing how different the people of this community move due to the pandemic.


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