refilwe ranape

Rookie - 10 Points (1973 january 13 / Katlehong, South Africa)

We Wear The Mask - Poem by refilwe ranape

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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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, August 24, 2010



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