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We Wear the Mask

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ReAdSaLoT On September 23, 2019




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#1New Post! Jan 25, 2011 @ 04:22:31
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 oh 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!

Paul Laurence Dunbar
American(1872-1906)
Octavarium On January 04, 2018




Pacific North West,
#2New Post! Jan 25, 2011 @ 04:34:44
Wow, that's a great poem. I've not read it before.
It speaks to how universal and long-bred these emotions and thoughts are. A dark facet of the human condition.
Thanks for posting it.
ReAdSaLoT On September 23, 2019




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#3New Post! Jan 25, 2011 @ 04:42:21
@Octavarium Said

Wow, that's a great poem. I've not read it before.
It speaks to how universal and long-bred these emotions and thoughts are. A dark facet of the human condition.
Thanks for posting it.


You have to read a lot of good or you never get it. If I buy one more poetry book I'll be writing, "The Lady Is Now Alone; she laments."
My hubby doesn't get one thing I write, even when I zing him big time.
Octavarium On January 04, 2018




Pacific North West,
#4New Post! Jan 25, 2011 @ 04:52:07
@ReAdSaLoT Said

You have to read a lot of good or you never get it. If I buy one more poetry book I'll be writing, "The Lady Is Now Alone; she laments."
My hubby doesn't get one thing I write, even when I zing him big time.



I do believe I understand
hope On March 17, 2015




haifa, Israel
#5New Post! Jan 25, 2011 @ 10:58:56
Great Poem
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