Alison Smith

Rookie (22nd February 1957 / Orange, New South Wales, Australia)

Mask Is Down - Poem by Alison Smith

She sits at her computer
And opens the window.
She has entered another world
A place where she can be free.

She chats with people as an equal
She can choose whom she meets
She can invent a life
Or at last talk about the real person that is her.

She has spent her life behind a mask
Scared to show who she really is
But at her computer she can take down her mask
She can present what she really wants people to see.

No one sees what she is really like
No one sees the scars
She is accepted for what she portrays.
As that’s all they can see.

She can express her loves and desires
She can laugh and be free
She can still be alone
And turn off her world at will.


Comments about Mask Is Down by Alison Smith

  • (3/30/2007 12:35:00 PM)

    There is so much truth and honesty about this piece, two of the most valuable qualities-shown In one write, well done again Alison, I admire your gift
    Love duncan X
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  • (3/27/2007 7:52:00 AM)

    Alison, you sing out the sentiments of so many on here. A wonderful write - well done and thanks for sharing it! HG: -) xx (Report)Reply

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  • (3/22/2007 5:18:00 PM)

    Alison, I hope this will always a safe port in the ongoing storm for you, a place where you have the freedom to be you, and where your situation is understood! Lovely words, particularly in so far as they show that you have found some happiness by means of that portal into the wider world. Stay with us. The very best to you. jim xx (Report)Reply

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  • (3/19/2007 9:51:00 PM)

    Good write Alison (Report)Reply

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  • (3/19/2007 6:37:00 AM)

    Hi Alison. I found your poem to be refreshing and revealing. Many of us have masks that we wear, either by choice or necessity. I myself have found that I am recognized as a caregiver a friend. Very few people seem to realize the person I am within. Being able to share poetry with others has been rewarding. This website has opened a new level of understanding and appreciation. (Report)Reply

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  • (3/19/2007 5:53:00 AM)

    this is a groovy traddy poem and it is real sick in the young ones language

    tiny Tim
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  • (3/19/2007 5:52:00 AM)

    Yes... perfectly put. Lots of people with such an approach here; the internet is a liberating invention, though it uses a lot of fuel. (Report)Reply

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  • (3/19/2007 5:04:00 AM)

    Alison, no truer words have been spoken. This is a beautiful poems and I know a lot of us can relate so well with this. Marvelous write my friend so far across the seas. Thanks for sharing it. Big 10 from me, but wish I could have given it a lot, lot more.
    David
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Poem Submitted: Monday, March 19, 2007

Poem Edited: Friday, February 4, 2011


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