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The Mask


The curtain of clouds  has cleared
The sun lights the stage
A new day, a new act will be staged
All of us are wearing  masks
The show has begun
Acting is our forte

Sometimes we are a child
Crying out for attention
In another scene we are parents
Teaching our children
An employee at the office
Or a spouse at home

The show is a thriller
With a host of surprises
It has action and emotion
Humour and suspense
You can have popcorn
and coke during the show too

We get carried away in our roles
An emotional roller-coaster
The scenes keep changing
And new actors appear
Time just fleets by
And we have grown old

When will you throw that mask away?
How long can you hide behind that shadow?
Suppressing your true self
The curtains will soon fall
And the sun will set
Come out of that cocoon
And live life carefree

© copyright skm, 27th June, 2011


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  1. June 27, 2011 at 4:23 pm

    THis is beautiful…super awesome!!

  2. June 27, 2011 at 6:05 pm

    I liked the last paragraph “come out of the cocoon and live life carefree”. I think in our human physical world this is not possible to complete but perhaps when our bodies go to rest, our souls will complete the journey of being carefree!

    I just posted new article. Come back to visit.


    • June 27, 2011 at 11:13 pm

      Hi Terrans – Yes, it is a pity that even though our essential nature is freedom and bliss we bind ourselves. Thanks for the comment:)

  3. June 29, 2011 at 12:14 pm

    Hi there! I just showed your site to everyone here at http://MyNYCBirthday.com and we all want you to know how very impressed we are with your work. Not only it is well-written and creative, but the imagery is absolutely beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing this with the entire world, and we will all be eagerly looking forward to reading more of your work in the future (also, on a personal note, I love the picture of the mask!)

    • June 29, 2011 at 12:27 pm

      Hi MyNYCBirthday – thanks so much for those kind words of appreciation. You are most welcome here:))

  4. June 30, 2011 at 2:47 am

    Life is a stage and we are but actors. If only all of us could lead it sans expectations and worries.

  5. July 3, 2011 at 4:21 am

    thought provoking poem sanjeev ..
    I wish we could live care free,
    throwing away the masks of life!
    But again this is life and it is our duty to keep it at times
    to make others happy
    who are around us !!

  6. July 3, 2011 at 4:36 am

    Yes!! All of us are wearing masks!
    do we need that? Yes… depend on situation…. and the only one who without mask is the unthinkable… your poem really enlightening!!! people should have a self realization by reading this. 🙂

  7. July 3, 2011 at 7:18 am

    “The curtains will soon fall
    And the sun will set
    Come out of that cocoon
    And live life carefree”

    Loved these lines a lot. Beautiful poem!

    Thanks for your visit Sanjeev and motivating words.
    Do keep visiting:-)

    • July 3, 2011 at 7:40 am

      Thanks Deepa:)) you have a wonderful blog

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  9. July 3, 2011 at 9:32 am

    Life does feel like a big show. Getting into your own character is sometimes the hardest thing when other roles seem so much more important or look better. Enjoyed your poem.

  10. July 3, 2011 at 12:33 pm

    quite an insight and so true … beautifully written.

  11. July 3, 2011 at 12:36 pm

    welcome and happy rally.


  12. July 3, 2011 at 1:58 pm

    Great message here. We so often live our lives pretending to be somebody else, we even sometimes play differently in front of different people… I think we should finally give it up and just be ourselves, not trapped behind our masks. Well put in your poem! 😉

  13. July 3, 2011 at 8:04 pm

    I love the concept of this poem well done!

  14. July 3, 2011 at 10:21 pm

    Life’s a stage, but do we have to be actors? Good word.

  15. July 4, 2011 at 5:06 pm

    Yes life is a play. The key to happiness is realising this and just having fun! I am attempting to throw away my mask and step outside of the play, but it isn’t easy.

    What a beautiful poem. Awesome 🙂

  16. March 28, 2013 at 10:54 am

    I loved the way the cloud curtains parted and the sun shown on the stage for masked actors playing their part. A nice way of putting it.

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