Masks are spooky,masks are weird

Sometimes masks are even feared

Masks are worn to hide the truth

seems to me they're so uncouth

Author's Notes/Comments: 

WPOM poetry prompt day17 National Poetry Month...write a poem about masks...

Behind the mask

Behind the mask

By jfarrell


In this heat….

I just can’t stop it;

The stupid fixed smile, the deadpan eyes

The mask melts

Like waxworks in a furnace

My clearly defined face - eyes, nose, mouth -

All melt, dissolve

Into a nothingness, a blankness;

No eyes, no smile;

A mask with no face


I wipe myself with a towel;

My eyes are so alive, so hungry

So predatory

I hardly recognise them as mine

Stupid fixed smile?

A shark grins back excitedly

Having just seen lunch

But, in this heat….

It just melts


Another mask destroyed:

My eyes?

Black holes of despair that consume everything;

My smile?

Blackened, chipped and broken ugly teeth

A smile, terrifying in it’s grossness


If I could

I’d choose the Brad Pitt or George Clooney masks

Instead of the monsters inside of me

Always wearing their masks


Author's Notes/Comments: 

always loved the wrap around the neck bolts - frankenstein

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The Mask


Face covered by mask

You cannot see me

For that is the way

I wish it to be


We all dance

‘Round and ‘round again

We do what we do

And wallow in our sin


Always with faces covered

As we dance at life’s ball

Were we all play

And chance the fall


Shrouded in lies

As we play our part

Leaving to chance

A broken heart


Not trusting to lose

Our personal space

We timidly remove our mask

And show our face


~Chrystal Swallows

Written on

September 27, 2004

Author's Notes/Comments: 

I wrote this one about beig secrative. Hiding our faces. Then at the end, realveiling them.

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