Friday, February 18, 2011

Favorite Poetry Spotlight

This is a poem that I was made aware of in high school and I love it. I feel that this perfectly matches how I feel. We shouldn't judge others because we never know what they may be going through. We only see their mask.

We Wear the Mask
Paul Laurence Dunbar

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 over-wise,
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!

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