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Sad Eyes

Updated on May 14, 2011

 People wear masks today,

Hiding from everyone.

A different face for everyone,

No truth in anyone.


They have forgotten their true self,

These masks are them now.

They give way to their earthly emotions,

In their wake, they bow.


There is a great variety in these masks,

Anger, hatred and contempt are just a few.

They run to countless numbers,

And each day, more are being discovered new.


These masks hide the face quite well,

With the true self, it leaves no ties.

But the only thing these masks can't hide,

It is their sad eyes.


These eyes say everything.

Nothing remains hidden.

They expose the only emotion,

That these masks had always forbidden.


Every person today i sad,

Something or the other is not right.

Nothing goes the way they want,

Life seems to be, too big a fight.


These masks cover everything but the eyes.

And only eyes speak the truth.

Even though the soul craves,

For someone to at least see that it is sad...

But still,

The windows of faces remain shut with lies.

With only slits of truths,

Their Sad Eys.


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      Poohgranma 6 years ago from On the edge

      Eyes are the windows to the soul. You are wise to know that and to be able to interpret what lies beneath the masks. Some wear them for protection, afraid to own their emotions, don't you think?

      So glad to see you back again and contributing your ever true perspectives of life around you and around your readers.

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      Raghav Rathi 6 years ago from Dehradun, Uttarakhand, India.

      People wearing them for protection is like 1 to 1 million. Very rare... These people are obsessed with themselves to even have time for such emotions as fear...

      I can't tell you how glad I am to be back.....

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      Ruchira 6 years ago from United States

      All I can say is WOW. At such a young age; you have been able to get such deep perception on life and sorrow.

      Keep up the good work fella :)

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      Raghav Rathi 6 years ago from Dehradun, Uttarakhand, India.

      Thank you Ruchira.

      It is realy great to wake up into such great comments. :) Thanks a lot. And i will try my level best to keep the god work up.

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      Nellieanna Hay 5 years ago from TEXAS

      Ah yes, Raghav - Masks. . . I suppose there are many masks. Yes, of course, there are. But I'm also aware of many 'true-blue' souls wearing none.

      The thing is - there are life situations which demand that one 'conform' which can involve suppressing one's more primitive tendencies and making allowances for others' needs as well as one's own.

      It occurs to me that even animals assume masks - the peacock extending the plumage, the lion flaunting the big mane. Even butterflies' wings have fake markings to look like huge eyes! Humans have choices what to display, as well. What matters, though, is being authentically oneself in whatever situation, while respecting others' rights.

      Consider that marriage itself brings two subjective "worlds" into everyday contact and usually involves some "give and take", which inevitably means subduing urges to go one's own way without adjusting to the other person's 'otherness'. For a marriage to be good, each party needs to be sensitive to the need to give and take and respectful of each others' needs. One should take time to be aware of that before entering it. Many attractive people lack that motive - and expecting change is usually asking for hurt and disaster.

      Having children also introduces others' needs to one's otherwise free rein in doing what one might prefer, whenever one might prefer to do it. Add to it that children are not born with a refined sense of empathy for others' needs, so the challenge is multiplied. This, they must and will learn from parents, especially by example - for better or for worse.

      Work situations,too - indeed, any interaction with others - introduce the need to rein in some of one's own desires & allow for those of others.

      BUT the key is that one can & should always be true to oneself authentically even during those situations. Being authentic is being virtually mask-less. It can express itself either for better or worse. It's up to oneself to understand and direct that.

      Don't we all know folks who are so 'authentic' that they simply have no concern or empathy for others' feelings or needs? Obviously, fine-tuning is needed and it takes experience and practice. We 'wise up' by running into & having to deal with enough others who promote only their own needs and agendas, even at times trying to undermine ours; & also by discovering if and how our own actions may be provoking opposition, rejection and other negative results without justification.

      These experiences help a person to refine and recognize one's own truth and to understand which of one's truths are worth insisting upon & worth standing up and claiming. Just masking and hiding those make for a poor compromise for all concerned. But neither should we be unaware of others' need to express themselves.

      In the process we realize that it takes two to 'get along', - both who are willing to work it out if there is a conflict. So if one or both are unwilling, it is realistic to realize which one - or if both - caused the bottleneck. That way, if it is oneself, one can work on it. If it is the other person, one must realize that we can't change others' behavior or attitudes and therefore, it's possibly not as good a match as we want & deserve in which to invest our life at all. Hard choices are often part of one's life journey.

      I's a matter of being honest with oneself and others, accepting that with both willing, it may work together out, but that everything won't always work out together & if so, it's a "no-fault" situation. It takes a lot of maturity to realize and accept these difficult but vital truths.

      Overall, bearing in mind that there is a constant impetus in the "social order" to conform to its rules and demands, it may result in people falling into a trap of covering who they really ARE to try to fit and be acceptable to these rules, many of them unwritten but difficult to oppose without ending up in handcuffs or - on the outside, looking in. hehe. - The most important thing is to work on oneself rather than fretting over others' behavior, but to give them 'benefit of the doubt'. We really cannot judge the issues behind others' behavior. Giving benefit of doubt, in itself may even promote the dropping of the masks they seem to be wearing. Trust and expecting better work wonders.

      I'm glad you wrote on this, Raghav - it's an important subject and one of which each person can be more aware of being a truly authentic member of our species.


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      Raghav Rathi 5 years ago from Dehradun, Uttarakhand, India.

      Aah, now this comment was authentic Nellieanna Hay!!! I am glad you took the time out to write this. And i agree with you on every aspect.

      Thanks a lot for this overwhelming comment!

      Have a really nice day.


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      Nellieanna Hay 5 years ago from TEXAS

      I meant to mention more about he eyes which can't be masked. That is such an astute observation! Hugs.

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      Raghav Rathi 5 years ago from Dehradun, Uttarakhand, India.

      You are always welcome to say more.... :)

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      Nellieanna Hay 5 years ago from TEXAS

      Thank you!

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      Maria Jordan 5 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      An old soul... an impressive first read! Thank you for finding me; and I am glad, in turn, to find you! This is powerful work. Voted UP & AB! Have a good day, mar.

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      Raghav Rathi 5 years ago from Dehradun, Uttarakhand, India.

      Thanks a lot for the glowing comment mar.

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      Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Beautiful and well said, raghavrathi. Thank you for following me. I love this poem, not just for your insight at this young age that you are, but for the realism. Yes, there are masks, yet, as Nellieanna has stated, there are those who expose all-and those who are in the process of removing the layers of masks that we have come to don in the process of our development.

      It is a natural phenomenon to experience a hurt and then put a mask on to deflect it. It is also a pattern of the ego to create an identification that is false. It is up to us to stay true to the Truth of who we really are under the masks and to find our way back to the place that is fresh and spontaneous-the place before all masks were used.

      I can only imagine the wonderful places that your talent for writing will take you. You are fortunate to have a place to share your work at your age...I did not and kept my work hidden away for decades, in journals and tucked away in drawers.

      Eyes are amazing. Windows of the soul, yes. But, more than that. I can look into another's eyes and see the truth of who they are and what their intentions may be. I catch people lying because I watch their eyes and that is one place they cannot mask.

      Wonderful poem. I am happy to be following you and look forward to reading more...Voted up and beautiful.

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      Raghav Rathi 5 years ago from Dehradun, Uttarakhand, India.

      Thank you Denise. The pleasure is all mine that a person like you is following me. Eyes definitely are the windows of the soul. We all search for the truth in one's eyes but that might not exactly be the best way, according to facial expressions study. :P

      Thank you again for taking time out to read and comment...

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      attemptedhumour 5 years ago from Australia

      We can work out sad from happy, but not the million other complexities. A wise and beautifully sculpted poem.

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      Raghav Rathi 5 years ago from Dehradun, Uttarakhand, India.

      hank you attemptedhumour. Have a nice day. :)

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      jami l. pereira 5 years ago

      Thank you for sharing your poem , it is very well written , I dont have a whole lot to say , not a paragraph anyway , but i do want to say that you write very well , keep up the great work , always write about what you feel passionate about , and you will always have a wonderful poem or story ! Thank you for adding me to your "follow' list , i look forward to following you too.! write on! ~peace~ p.s i voted this up and awesome:)

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      Raghav Rathi 5 years ago from Dehradun, Uttarakhand, India.

      Thank you Jami. Yes, I write what I feel passionate about...Thanks a lot for the follow... :)

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      Doug Turner Jr. 5 years ago

      "Only slits of truth" -- I like that line. You express something that is true these days; people hide from what they are.

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      Raghav Rathi 5 years ago from Dehradun, Uttarakhand, India.

      Thanks a lot for taking the time out to read Doug. :)

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      benny Faye Douglass 5 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

      Thank you so much for a masterpiece on the Sad Eyes, your poem tell the truth behind the eyes as my poem Eyes are the Window of the Soul. Thank you for sharing a great writing. Godspeed. creativeone59

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      Raghav Rathi 5 years ago from Dehradun, Uttarakhand, India.

      Thanks a lot creativeone59... :)

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