Sunday, June 04, 2006


We Wear the Mask

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

We smile, but oh 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,
But let the world dream otherwise,
We wear the mask!

Paul Laurence Dunbar (1872-1906)

This picture is "Les Fetiches" by Lois Mailou Jones (1905-1998). Today is the anniversary of her death.
mmm..intresting article ...and the poster is just wild enough...i love it
thank you Haidar! However, it is a 'poem' not an article, a picture and not a 'poster'!
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