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June 27, 2022

Behind the Mask

By Lynn White

Behind the Mask

Will I ever see
what lies behind the mask?
I think I can
sometimes
through the eye slits,
sometimes
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
underneath.
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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