May 23, 2022


Behind the Mask


Behind the Mask

Will I ever see
what lies behind the mask?
I think I can
through the eye slits,
when they are open.
Eyes are revealing, after all,
and difficult to hide.
Maybe they'll tell me enough,
tell me all I need
to know.
So I will have no urge
to peel off the mask,
to tear it away from the skin
It would be too painful, anyway.
Too raw,
for both
of us
and would leave behind a soreness
that would not heal.
And still
not all would be revealed
by the exposure.

First published in
With Painted Words, September 2015

Article © Lynn White. All rights reserved.
Published on 2021-01-18
Image(s) are public domain.

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