08 October, 2008

We Wear the Mask

Paul Laurence Dunbar (1872-1906)
We Wear the Mask

We wear the mask that grins and lies,
It hides our cheeks and shades our eyes,—
This debt we pay to human guile;
With torn and bleeding hearts we smile,
And mouth with myriad subtleties.
Why should the world be over-wise,
In counting all our tears and sighs?
Nay, let them only see us, while
We wear the mask.
We smile, but, O great Christ, our cries
To thee from tortured souls arise.
We sing, but oh the clay is vile
Beneath our feet, and long the mile;
But let the world dream otherwise,
We wear the mask!

1 comment:

  1. Beautiful but sad poem. I guess everyone has a mask; some though wear it constantly over their breaking spirit and heart not letting others know to help.

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