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Updated on May 23, 2015

Scared and confused in the place where he hides
With demons that abide
By the chaos he creates in his head
Desperate to break free, but afraid to be seen
His mask hiding what he thinks is obscene
Thoughts twisted and contorted
His features distorted
Engulfed beneath thick folds of fear
Eyes panicked and crazed
But held by my gaze
Steadfast, patient and aware
I decipher the farce
Watch him helplessly unmask
In the beam of my penetrating stare
And I'm left dazzled and breathless
By his vulnerable nakedness
And the beauty of the soul I see there


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    • Minnetonka Twin profile image

      Linda Rogers 5 years ago from Minnesota

      This poem gave me goosebumps. So much emotion coming out of unmasking the dark person. Chilling and intriguing.

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      Ellen Karman 5 years ago from medina, Ohio

      I don't know where my comment is but I looked for it when I got a message from hub-pages about this writing and a comment and I thought perhaps it was mine. I voted this up!!! It is a wonderful piece and so intricately woven in our human spirit.

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      Ryem 5 years ago from Maryland

      This poem is excellent. I can certainly relate to wearing those protective layers to protect more vulnerable parts of myself. I'm voting up.

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      Shining Irish Eyes 5 years ago from Upstate, New York

      Amazing write. I'm sure many wear that mask. I know I do. It is my protection.

      fantastic and I'm voting it up