We Wear the Mask
by Paul Laurence Dunbar
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, O great Christ, our criesPaul Laurence Dunbar
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!
© Larry Huggins
Published: May 2014
All doggies go to heaven (or so I’ve been told).
They run and play along the streets of gold.
Why is heaven such a doggie-delight?
Why, because there’s not a single cat in sight!
The Cat by Issa(1763-1827)
gives one vast yawn then
exists for the purpose of love.-translated from the Japenese by Harry Guest