We Wear the Mask
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, O 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
i was sooooo deep in ms. kelly's class.
i loved the language then...and got particularly
excited when i recalled the words today.
this morning i heard the words:
IF YOU FAIL TO BE TRANSPARENT IN YOUR RELATIONSHIPS THEN
YOU WILL NEVER ACHIEVE INTIMACY.
...oh how we all enjoy intimacy.
the moments of an exchange.