Let’s all be honest
and admit that we
wear a mask

Let’s look back
through time
to when we put one on

We all hide behind them
we cover what lies underneath
our souls, thoughts and true values

At a very young age
we learn to disguise who we are
and soon the mask is worn daily

We can’t remove the mask
doing so would bring about stares
exclusion and loss of identity so carefully built

Oh what madness
wearing this false face often allows
a person to follow paths so contrary to the self

We know wearing these masks
causes such harm
damages the body, scars the soul

What would happen
if we peeled off these faces
and just put an end to the masquerade

Would we return to our true selves
speak our own words, take responsibility
for our actions

Could we learn to see
beauty in our imperfections
and learn to appreciate one another

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Comment by JMac1949 Today on February 23, 2017 at 1:32pm

Hard to say, because so many of us are deceived by our own false images.  R&L

Comment by Terry McKenna on February 23, 2017 at 1:36pm

Not all masks are about imperfections, are they?  We hide what we are because what we are does not conform to someone's expectations. Not that that changes the point. 

Comment by Boanerges on February 23, 2017 at 4:22pm

Thought-provoking, as are all your posts, MC.

Yes, we wear masks. I remember Red telling me many years ago that my face changed (ie, I looked even more like a thug) when I was on the job -- dead eyes, frozen face, challenging posture, etc. The disguise has slipped some since I retired, but it's still there as and when it's needed.

To tell the truth, I'm not sure I ever want it to go away. Maybe that's a bad thing.

Comment by greenheron on February 23, 2017 at 5:57pm

There are a few things about getting old that came as a surprise. On one hand, the container starts to crack and spring a few leaks. That's not the funnest thing. The part I enjoy though is that I stopped giving a shit what others think and the mask became unnecessary. There's also the recognition after many decades that there is no normal, so why bother pretending. Please yourself. If someone else has a problem with that, see you later buddy. 

Comment by Rita Shibr on February 24, 2017 at 5:59am

I agree with Heron,  but find dropping all pretense a little harder than she does,  I still have to go through some of the motions some are distinctly for self preservation and some I just can't let go of. Here's to aknowledgment that we are all fighting the same battle.

Nicely done MC, enjoyed this sunny falsely warm morning. 

Comment by Terry McKenna on February 24, 2017 at 6:04am

Even if I am 65, I still work in corporate America. So my mask stays on.

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