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Continuing with the Week 4 Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge: “Express Yourself“, I came across this poem by Paul Laurence Dunbar:

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
(Poet, Author [1872-1906])


a collection of faces... the masks we wear

a collection of faces… the masks we wear

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