Faces and masks #poetry

You say I must show you
yet eyes are treacherous to depth.
You say action is truth’s champion
and words are its kryptonite
Yet words lend clarity to emotion
They dress confusion in understanding
Revealing the mysteries behind each mask

There is a face I wear
To hide callous truths yet tell no lies
To show you I know the secrets you hide.
Seen through blank stares
Written in dry expression
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Native American mask

There are faces to fit all occasions
To show happiness when one is meant to,
And sadness when implored
Yet if you only look, you will never know –
Of celebrations built upon persecutions
Or sacrifice that should be celebrated…

Tokyo, Japan. Yoshiwara Fox Dance

Our true face is a delicate one, often hidden
Masks we wear – to be exalted
faces we powder – to conceal scars
To be strong for those we must
For if you only look
you will never know

Venice, Italy

I’d like to show you who I am
To be the one you dream of-
The one you want…
So I mould a mask from secrets divulged
To fit your whispered desires
To Interest and Intrigue
For eyes that only look do not see depth
and sight alone is emotion’s bane

See me, with ears not eyes
Listen, with eyes not ears

Fear her, for she is afraid
Admire her, for she feeds on power
Love her, or else!

The mask does not tell!

But there’s truth in every lie!

©judeitakali.


Hope to hear your thoughts on this. Masks are cool and fun but it’s always important to know thy face, and learn to love it, because masks always come off.

How about all the cool masks from around the world? I could barely pick a few. I was supposed to use 1 or 2 images but was spoilt for choice.

Stay safe everyone, Stay loving.

40 responses to “Faces and masks #poetry”

  1. Those personas hidden behind masks! I love this, Jude. We all have our secrets, don’t we?

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    1. That we do. Thank you so much Colleen.

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  2. Sometimes our feelings are masked so that others do not know them,Jude.

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    1. Very true, Jane. But for those whom we want to know our feelings, we must both show and tell.

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      1. Yes I agree,Jude.

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  3. Yes. We do wear many masks and only show our true face to the one’s we trust most

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    1. Indeed. But maybe some people have to see some parts of our true face to sift us from the masses. A mask when necessary I think, not all the time.

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  4. I love this exploration of masks and facades and how beautiful and powerful raw expression is!

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    1. Thank you so much, Jaya. It’s such a relief to be around people for whom we show our true faces, or to be confident to do it even around strangers. But masks are fun and we always find ways of wearing them. I think all facades stem from some kind truth.

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  5. Glorious post. Thanks.

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    1. Thank you so much, Selma. 🤩

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  6. Beautiful and what inspiration you give! Your writing is so engaging! 🙏💕💕

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    1. Hey. Thank you so much for the appreciation. Apologies for getting to this too late.

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      1. You are so welcome 🤗 and no worries at all!! 💖

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  7. We do wear many masks for many reasons, perhaps to hide our emotions and perhaps to hide from ourselves. Beautiful post! Bravo!

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    1. Ahh, perfectly phrased, Eugi. There were times I hid from myself so I do understand.

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  8. What an amazing piece! The masks seriously grabbed my attention and paired perfectly with your words. Well done!

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    1. Thank you so much LaShelle. I’m a bit late but I’m here.

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      1. You’re welcome!!

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  9. Wow! Runs deep.

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    1. Thank you so much for the appreciation.

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  10. A great examination of the tensions between appearance and reality Jude!

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    1. thank you so much, Ingrid. I really think that in between the lines, lies reveal the deepest truths. Hard to discern though.

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  11. Hi Jude, I love masks and you’ve done a great job weaving them into this post.

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    1. Thank you so much Robbie. sometimes mask actually bring out our true selves.

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  12. Appearances and actuality sometimes are at cross-purposes. What an amazing write, Jude.

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    1. They are, definitely. Thank you so much Punam. Sometimes masks are liberating, perhaps?

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      1. I agree, they are, Jude. You are welcome.

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  13. In a world where masks have become an optional precautionary measure – a device meant for secrecy, celebration or culture, is now a device showing political and societal fear or retaliation. Great post.

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    1. Thank you so much for the appreciation. For some people though, masks afford them freedom to be themselves.

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  14. Wonderful message and beautifully expressed, Jude 💕🙂

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    1. Thank you so much Harmony for the appreciation.

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  15. Masks come off eventually! Very well handled this topic Jude.

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    1. Thank you so much, Sadje. That they do, in life or when we are gone.

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      1. Yes! Eventually they do.

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  16. I love the story that you tell, always so brilliant to read Jude. You never fail to impress your reader for sure. 💕

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    1. Thank you so much Daphny. I hope i impress on people some of my thoughts as well, especially perspective.

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      1. I don’t know about others but I am really impressed by it.

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