#NaPoWriMo 2017 April 29 – free association poem

Favorite poem: We Wear the Mask, Paul Lawrence Dunbar
Word (noun) chosen: “mask”

There are so many masks
available and so many
reasons to wear them.

I suppose if you wear
a mask long enough,
you forget what your
true face really looks like.
And beyond a certain point
it may not even matter.

The mask that conceals
your face can also protect it.
The mask that accentuates
feelings can also sublimate
the same feelings.

A painting or a portrait
of a mask might be
an interesting thing –
a second-order derivative,
sort of, of the original.

Picasso, a Spaniard,
painted African masks.
Was he modeling or just
imagining what lied underneath?

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Author: Raymond Maxwell

https://raymmaxx.wordpress.com/ Librarian and archivist-in-training, retired foreign service officer and former naval officer.

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