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We Wear The Mask

Rating: 4.4

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 overwise,
In counting all our tears and sighs?
Nay, let them only see us, while
We wear the mask.

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COMMENTS OF THE POEM
Germina Melius 06 February 2021

Beautifully crafted, I love it.

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MAHTAB BANGALEE 25 January 2021

the mask helps to hid the true self; the mask assists to present quality, the mask accomplices to kill the inside innocense!

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Ask SUN 25 January 2021

we all wear a mask, dont you?

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Sylvia Frances Chan 25 January 2021

I have enjoyed your marvelous poem, dear great Poet! 5 Stars! To my Favourites

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Sylvia Frances Chan 25 January 2021

2) they must sleep, eat and do everything in the same place, if one has not become thin, they must wait first till they can go through an open 'door' which will lead them to the ships that are awaiting. If one cannot go through this open 'door', then she/he is still too fat.

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Sylvia Frances Chan 25 January 2021

profoundly worded and so true. I have been to the place from where the slaves were shipped, such inhuman spot, we do not hope this darkest age would return, if you had not been here, you can not imagine how the slaves were deported to be sold in the USA

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Rajnish Manga 25 January 2021

With torn and bleeding hearts we smile, And mouth with myriad subtleties.... //.... On the face of it the poem may not be that appealing but the philosophical meaning is far more deep and inspiring. Thanks a lot.

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Dr Antony Theodore 05 February 2020

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; very fine poem with deep insights and.... tony

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June Powers 30 August 2019

This poem shows great wisdom and insight on many levels especially given the time period that it was written. I believe Mr Dunbar's parents were former slaves so it was vital to put on a happy face to survive. Fast forward to now, the words become even more relevant - we all have a mask of one kind or another. It's an amazing poem.

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Moira 21 February 2020

Did you see maya Angelou on YouTube do the mask? She says what you said ??

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Moira 21 February 2020

Did you see maya Angelou on YouTube do the mask? She says what you said ??

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