Behind the Mask

by Lynn White

Will I ever see

the man behind the mask?

I think I can 


through the eye slits,


when they are open.

Eyes are revealing, after all,

and difficult to hide.

Maybe they’ll tell me enough,

tell me all I need.

So I will have no urge

to peel off the mask,

to tear it away from the skin


It would be too painful, anyway.

Too raw,

for both

of us

and would leave behind 

a soreness that would not heal.

And still

not all would be revealed

by the exposure.



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Writers Bio

Lynn White lives in north Wales. Her work is influenced by issues of social justice and events, places and people she has known or imagined. She is especially interested in exploring the boundaries of dream, fantasy and reality. Her poem 'A Rose For Gaza' was shortlisted for the Theatre Cloud 'War Poetry for Today' competition in October 2014 and has since been published and reprinted in anthologies by Vending Machine Press, Weasel Press and CTU among others. Poems have also recently been included in several anthologies including - Harbinger Asylum’s 'A Moment To Live By', Stacey Savage’s ‘We Are Poetry an Anthology of Love poems’, ITWOW, ‘She Did It Anyway’, Community Arts Ink’s ‘Reclaiming Our Voices’  and a number of on line and print journals.

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