Masks

July 31, 2016
By lastsongofthesparrow PLATINUM, Auburn, New Hampshire
lastsongofthesparrow PLATINUM, Auburn, New Hampshire
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Favorite Quote:
"Freedom lies in being bold." - Robert Frost


Putty and paints, we're at it again,
Erasing our pasts, reshaping our years,
Using our fingers to mold empty masks,
That will hide away our relentless tears.

We have become society's cruel standard,
A craft of weary-eyed woes and insecurities,
Building upon the already tall stone walls,
Which trap us from bearing our true identities.

Cutting and glueing and tying the knots,
We willingly sacrifice our individuality,
To recreate ourselves into something new,
And use this ruse to disguise our reality.

We wear our masks as a second layer of flesh,
Tacked on with needles of regret and sorrow,
Because we believe this pain our own hands made,
Will somehow fulfill us with a better tomorrow.

Yet we know when we hide, nothing ever changes,
Every day comes and goes just as the last,
But still we continue to sculpt and design,
The masks which we wear to escape from the past.


The author's comments:

I wrote this poem about the struggle of identity and accepting who you are. So many people in our world try to pretend to be someone who they are not, in order to feel accepted in others eyes. Too many people feel that if they show their true colors, they will be judged and spurned by the rest of society. Yet what's even more troubling is the fact that countless people are willing to sacrifice their unique identities in order to "fit in." I hope that through illustrating this message in my poem, people realize that in the end, insincerity tarnishes our individuality and creates a false sense of acceptance that will never be truly fulfilling.


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