Matthew Christopher

Rookie (December 28,1989 / Kingston, Ontario)

Theater Mask - Poem by Matthew Christopher

One morning we both forgot how to speak.
We painted bold colours
in thick lines
to express ourselves.

Overnight it rained.

We spent the day laughing because we had put the canvas outside.

We wanted it to dry in the nightair
We wondered if it was nocturnal.

The next day we did two things:
in the morning we laughed,
at night we cried.

and the whole time we wore masks
to hide our blank faces.

Poet's Notes about The Poem

Frustration at not being able to use something for the purpose for which it was designed can make learning impossible and satisfaction elusive.

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Poem Submitted: Sunday, April 22, 2012

Poem Edited: Monday, April 23, 2012

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