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  The Mask
by J. Allen Wilson
Thursday, November 06, 2003

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Who are we, and what shall we be? Honesty humility empathy.

 Is it any wonder

that in this life we strive.

Searching, seeking,

and trying to survive.

Be it rich man, or poor man,

 we all have a need.

Be it to just fit in,

 or even to succeed.


Throughout life,

 many a mask we try.

Looking for the one

 that may be, 

 What we only wish to be.

 Still some choose

 their mask unwisely

And it soon brings shame.

While others look

 for one of happiness

 others still,

seek the one to bring fame.

Yea though,

Even in that,

 a true mask, it is not,

For everyone we try on,

does not accurately portray

the real we.

 And every attempt is in vain,


You cannot mask the soul

 that is really thee.

 For when one tries,

all one does

Is peer through empty

 and hollow eyes.

For the truth lay open

 for all to see,

No matter what

 the mask may be.

For the soul that hides

 behind this mask

 Hides only in vanity.

 Yet this disguise,

we continue to wear

Be it of shame or fame,

 And through it all

It all comes down to this

 effortless claim,

That many are not

 who they allege to be.

For they are caught up

 in life’s vanity.

So cast aside this mask

 that from behind

You hide,

 and try on another,



 J. Allen Wilson © 2003

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Reviewed by Al Swanson (Reader)
Hi Allen

Personally, I truly do think this is one of your best yet, and one I truly deserved, and truly enjoyed reading tonite, much thanks, and blessing, Al
Reviewed by Jeff Mason
Interesting introspection.
Reviewed by Rebekah Rosie Lang
A truly great and Inspirational
and profound, deep meaning message
for ALL to hear! Way to go Allen!
Reviewed by L M (Reader)
Excellent poetry profound message.

Reviewed by Kate Clifford
The mask a person chooses to use is a tattletale sign to their soul. Great write!
Reviewed by Erica Ivory
Excellent meessage excellent poem.. but it will never happen.. we are raised to wear masks.. Be a good boy.. be a good girl.. smile pretty for you aunt sally.. Be a brave little boy on your first day of school.. just pretend when someone id picking on you it doesn't bother you at all.. These are all the beginning of many many masks we each make through life.. I wonder if any of us has ever seen a true person without one. Again Great write!!!
Reviewed by Lady Peg (Reader)
masks we always try on the true gift is in taking them off and finding that humanity you pen..
Excellent Poetry.

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