Sunday, 25 November 2012

The Sunday Posts 2012/mask



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 overwise,
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
Photo by Alistair

2 comments:

Antares Cryptos said...

A little dark.

"Why do cemeteries have walls?

Because everyone is dying to get in."

See you later;)

Alistair Robertson said...

Ha - Thanks for lightening the mood there AC!

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