The Masks I Live In. A poem by Kathy Dueck

Yes, I wear a mask.
Really, I wear two.

on the outside,
Protective device,
Saving life.

The One
on the inside,
My true self.
Masking me from others,
No Discovery.

Do you See ME?
Can you SEE me?

Time for Pretence
On goes the mask
(A little worn,
true feelings leak out)

Become a yes girl
“Sure I will
No Problem”
Yet Seething: Leave me Alone!
(We mustn’t upset the elders.)

I choose no
But my mask must say “yes”.


Kathy is a writer from Calgary, Alberta, Canada. You can read more of her work here:

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