Behind a naked mask

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I am not good at hiding
or at covering up the truth,
though my mask is a smile
it veils my hurt and frowns
turns pleasant a screaming
silence.

I am not good at quitting,
though soul is weary of life
I ll hold you close and offer
comfort, in times of anger
and distress, knowing you
only wish to feel inside my
dress.

Society, is but a day-to-day
masquerade – where a pool
of people indulge in games
of feigning laughter and wit.

I would rather bare my soul
than offer lip service.
Yes, I’m not good at hiding.

 

Photo credits: Adolph de Meyer 1927

Posted for Poems in April @ Real Toads

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28 thoughts on “Behind a naked mask

  1. Kerry says:

    I love the oxymoron of your title – naked mask. Your theme is very much on point in terms of modern lifestyles, I believe. I’m glad the image spoke to you.

  2. Ellecee says:

    I enjoyed this very much. I especially like “Society, is but a day-to- day masquerade” sadly there is truth in that, and masquerading even feels necessary at times. I love the strength and conviction over all. πŸ™‚

  3. Annell Livingston says:

    I like what you did with the prompt.

    I am not good at hiding
    or at covering up the truth,
    though my mask is a smile
    it veils my hurt and frowns
    turns pleasant a screaming
    silence.

    You had me right away.

  4. Sherry Blue Sky says:

    I was most struck by the comfort and support offered to one who only wanted “to feel inside my dress”. That is often the way of it for women, so I resonated with the narrator’s dialogue. I’m not good at hiding either. Well done, Sanaa.

  5. Jim says:

    I like it, Sanaa, very much. Yes, much of our world hides behind a mask. Not all, though. I can tell a lie with a straight face, a poker face that I use most in board games and dominoes (I play Texas 42). But also that I don’t have to tell lies but just that I don’t have to be telling things just because they are true.
    ..

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