Poetry of the Mask

I find myself poetic this month for reasons unknown. But when I begin to think too highly of my skills, I read exceptional work and am reminded of my smallness. Paul Laurence’s “We Wear the Mask” is one such piece.

We Wear the Mask

By: Paul Laurence Dunbar

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!
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