We wear a mask upon our face.
A heart filled with stories,
Life experiences that’s kept secret.
As we peer into a mirror
A face appears with eyes intent
On hiding behind a mask
Of imperfections of a body and soul
Damaged by life’s struggles.
Revealing an emptiness of silence
Which keeps us from speaking
About our life’s secrets
Afraid of judgment and consequences
We are broken and held hostage.
Revealing a shadow of a person,
A human being with hidden scars.
Held in a prison of mindless thoughts
Of past mistakes and regrets
That paralyzes the mind
Remaining in that secret place
Of excess baggage….
Never wanting anyone to discover
The mask which conceals our real identity.
Secrets occupies a space in the corner
Of ones mind under lock and key
With a sign knock but do not enter.
Fragments whispered to a trustworthy soul.
Restrained, but never really
Revealing the full complexity
Of a life scarred by negative experiences.
Which boggled and transformed the mind.
Trapped in a world of misconceptions
Wearing different disguises, at different times
Stuck in the past of perceptions
A reality….more like a nightmare
Concealed, tucked away and hopefully forgotten.