A Gracious Mask

Written for:  dVerse Poets Pub – Poetics:  The Metaphorical Mask  (Posted by Mish)
“For today’s prompt, I’d like you to focus on metaphorical masks, or psychological masks, so to speak. Whether we admit or not, we have all worn them at one time or another. We use masks to hide our pain, disappointment, resentment, fear, sorrow, jealousy and other emotions we view as negative. We even hide joy when being sensitive to someone else’s misfortune and our own pride, avoiding the risk of appearing arrogant. We may use them to cover up our weaknesses and imperfections. Consider the masks you have worn or the masks of others. Be real or be fictional.”

His face was filled
with kindness
yet he was cruel.

He was a master
of shepherding people
where they did not wish to go.

He would stop finger to chin
appearing to weight a situation
though decisions all benefited himself.

He was terrified
to stay, and terrified
he would be left alone.


About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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7 Responses to A Gracious Mask

  1. Vivian Zems says:

    He must be the same character in mine. Well crafted!


  2. Frank Hubeny says:

    I liked the last stanza about being terrified which motivated the rationalizations that shepherded people above.


  3. Mish says:

    Interesting the way fear is covered with masks. I could visualize the third stanza…even the look in his eyes.


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