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We Wear the Mask

I really related to this poem growing up with depression. I always felt like I had to fake a smile to hide how I was really feeling.

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!


-Paul Laurence Dunbar

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