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!

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    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!

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        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.

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  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!

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  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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