The theme was "Mask".
The poll should be self-explanatory. Please vote objectively, and fair. You are not allowed to vote for yourself.
Please also post your opinions/criticism in the thread.
Here are the entries for this round:
SpoilerI'm afraid I hid away for too long.
How did I used to resemble?
I tried to draw it out once before
But did I get my nose wrong?
My ears, my mouth, my eyes
lips, cheeks - all lost in my guise
I wore my mask too long
and now each feature is so wrong
ears too big, eyes too small
and taking it all in makes my skin crawl
I've hid behind this mask so long
that i have no single feature that belongs
Spoiler The Only Way (The Mask)Life is a masquerade.
I will forever hide behind my mask,
Never revealing who I truly am.
Behind the mask, I am insecure.
I am weak. Perhaps a coward.
I can't do it, can't live up to everyone's expectations.
Not without the mask.
You, you'd never recognize me
Without the mask.
All my life,
You, you never listened
Never understood me.
I wear this mask because it's the only way
That I will feel accepted and admired by you.
There was that time,
That one time, I let the mask slip.
For a moment, the true me
Found its way to the surface.
You, you were disappointed.
I was not the son you wanted me to be.
You turned your back on me.
Life is a masquerade.
I will forever hide behind my mask
Never revealing who I truly am.
Spoiler UnmaskedSomeone once taught me that food was essential,
and getting hit by a car would end it all,
that sleep was sequential and death was eventual,
the body's chemical workings would one day stall.
I was then too young to question that dream,
my hands were the only things to direct my feet,
lies were still faraway birds to be plucked before me,
I swallowed it all and the lies were sweet.
But when the mirror grows murky reality shatters,
I had lived but I had yet to die,
isn't it only what we see before us that matters?
Finally I stared my reflection in the eyes.
Illusions rooted like anchors in my mind,
will crushing the mirror uncover the truth?
I had seen all my life yet my eyes were blind,
like many a kindreds still in their youth.
The question and the final answer thereof,
before I finally feel the true edge of the knife,
If life is nothing but pain, then what is love?
The answer is simple, the true face of life.
Spoiler PersonaeYou can be a Ninja
But stop throwing out surprise posts, wouldja?
You can be a Crack Monkey
But no goin' apeshit, duude, just chillax n' take it easy
You can be a Pirate
But arrr ye, matey, merely a parrot?
You can be a Shinigami
But shall your words and deeds be as deadly?
You can be a Mage
But exactly how many freakish and fiendish spells can you manage?
You can be a Wizard
But quit transmutating that gold convo material into shapeless turd
You can be a Warrior
But will we clang our steel and bash each other's emotional barrier?
You can be an Otaku
But how does the prospect of forever alone worshipping Haruhi sound to you?
You can be a Rock Star
But letting your axe weep in glory and moving past 27--can you get that far?
You can be a N00b
But, plox, fools farm where the l33ts fail to shw00p
You can be a Moe
But I betcha not that kawaii, neeee?!?
You can be a Tsundere
But... Baka! Y..you're the worst! dere dere
You can be a Hime
But such grace and elegance are, indeed, rather a rarity nowadays, don't you say?
You can be a Combat Butler
But one ought to duly observe propriety, sobriety, and loyalty at all times to be deemed worthy of such title, Sir
You can be an Exorcist
But dare you purify your thoughts and renounce all diabolical items in your wishlist?
You can be a Samurai
But could you cling to the Code and never so much as to ask: "Why?"
You can be a Shinninja
But a forced hybrid makes not a solid souljah, Brah
You can be Blessed by Uglypuff
But would that phat status buff be enuff?
You can be a Member
But do you truly know the person behind the mask--the self you see as you look in the mirror?
Spoiler Breaking MasksOur eye's meet,
False smiles begins to grow,
All to prepare for the battle of the first greet,
Trying to hide what others should never know,
The first kind words shatter the quiet,
Cracking the armor we wear,
Coaxing out more attacks in a breaking riot,
Hoping that the others assault will be unable to compare,
Before long the jokes are brought to bear,
Aimed for the fault lines in our personality,
Shattering the bricks we once laid with great care,
Drawing the situation towards the great fatality,
Leaving us to stand bloodied and beaten,
Our souls exposed for each of us to see,
Yet our expressions begin to sweeten,
Both knowing this is how the other is meant to be.
Spoiler Your Face Isn" t TrueI had a mask but you wore yours
It blended with your face and held you back
Like a fetter
On your soul
I always took mine off just for you
But never had I even knew
You wore one too.
I’m sorry I couldn’t be a better friend
I’m sorry I never got my chance to make my
You left me behind, I left you too.
It’s been a long time, but I’ve let go
And bid you adieu
I still wear my own mask too.
But mine’s a mere façade,
A fake one just for the masses
One that never holds me back
One that only ever keeps me on track
So thank you for letting me crack my mask
Even if I couldn’t help you.
Spoiler A Play on the StageI don't think I have a self,
I'm just an urn upon a shelf,
I fill in life and let it go,
Depending on what face I show.
When I'm a soldier in the mud,
I wear a mask of scarlet blood,
And when I play a maiden fair,
I wear a mask of golden hair.
Actor is what you may call me,
But so much more I am, so free,
My facial mask just like a carving
I need applause, I am so starving.
But oh ye gods, what am I saying,
I'm now a priest, I should be praying,
Or maybe find myself a pen,
I am a poet now and then.
But ah, this poem holds no truth in it,
This line does neither really fit,
But I may just be a liar too,
And all I have just said is true.
Voting closes in six days (27th of June).
Edited by Oben, 21 June 2014 - 04:46 PM.