Mask Over Mask

Sky Masked By Leaves

I wear a mask to hide from you
Since you would not believe
The mask I wear below that one,
The one you can’t perceive.
That mask as well is not quite true.
It hides reality
That’s always there and never done
And one that I can’t see.

Text: Linked to dVerse Poetics. Michelle Beauchamp  (Mish) is hosting with the theme “mask”.

Photo: “Sky Masked By Leaves” by the author and linked to Frank Jansen’s Tuesday Photo Challenge with the theme “sky”.

Author: Frank Hubeny

I enjoy walking, poetry and short prose as well as taking pictures with my phone.

67 thoughts on “Mask Over Mask”

    1. I think we wear a lot of masks, these conscious intentional projections of who we think we are, but we don’t really know ourselves well enough to know what we are masking over. I don’t think it’s a bad thing not to know ourselves perfectly. We do what we can. Thanks, Jane!


    1. I suspect there is a difference between the poetic voice and the poet. It is not all an individual effort. There is a communal aspect to using language and there may also be muses out there somewhere. Thanks, Charley!


        1. That is a good way to look at it. We are not isolated individuals. There is something bigger we are a part of–more than just an aggregate of individual points on a line and our language is its voice.


    1. The authentic self may not be completely knowable and it may not even be each of us as isolated individuals. Mysteries spookier than ghosts. Thank you, Mish! And thanks for the prompt!


  1. Ah …. the layers of masks. Perhaps occasional? Perhaps our subconscious at times unpeels what we have in place? And Im’ wondering, how does “unconditional” love fit into the idea of masks?

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    1. It is like the layers of an onion. I hadn’t thought of them being masks before, but they could be seen that way. I suppose when all the layers are removed there is nothing left, but maybe there are just no more masks and everything real is left? Thank you!


  2. As an ex-professional actor, I can assure you that each of us are legion, capable of unearthing a plethora of masks & emotions–I believe in part connected to past lives.

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