A Picture’s Worth 1000 Words…I’ll Give You 10

This week I’m giving you more than 10 words. While it’s only Tuesday, I am coming across quite a few hesitant hopefuls. I may have underestimated how many of us are secret dreamers, wearing masks that hide the depth of our hopes. So when I came across this picture I thought I’d share it, and instead of my 10 words I’d share several really good words from the poem We Wear The Mask, by Paul Laurence Dunbar.

Photo Courtesy of Glenn Cochon

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 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!
My dear hesitant hopeful….
take off your mask!

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