19 July 2017

Who's Behind the Mask?



We know who is behind the mask:
Zorro, Batman, and Spiderman—
males who characters don’t recognize
though TV viewers can.

Dramatic irony gives them
to us wiser watchers, we whose
identities mask truer selves
after years of endless practice.

Peek-a-boo, I see you!” is
the first of many games we play
to distinguish what can’t be seen
from identities we claim.

“It’s me!”  Is it?  Words come through
our masks, though they may not defraud.
We think that we control the mask,
but we are the mask of God.




My blog poems are VERY rough drafts. 
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© 2017 Susan L. Chast




16 comments:

Gillena Cox said...

Oh that "peek-a-boo" verse is essence

much love...

Thotpurge said...

We think that we control the mask... that's a great thought! Even outside the spiritual suggestion, once we start a masquerade, it does get the better of us... much to ponder!

Sumana Roy said...

"“It’s me!” Is it?", the question takes us to the infinite deep of our own self. Every line is beautiful, thought provoking and profound.

indybev said...


"Years of endless practice" start with Peek-a-boo. Insightful!

annell said...

I couldn't wait to see what you might write...lovely.

hyperCRYPTICal said...

Love how little ones cover their eyes as if believing if they can't see us, we can't see them.
Maybe this is the beginning of the masks we wear...
Anna :o]

Sanaa Rizvi said...

My goodness this is good!❤️ *swooooon*

Martin Kloess said...

Great poem, as always. I have experienced masks created by others that people must wear.

Old Egg said...

Not only are we the "Mask of God" in the good we do too many of us are the mask of the devil too. But we so are blind we call the former "Humanity" rather than see God's hand at work.

Sherry Blue Sky said...

OHHHHHH, WOW! "We are the mask of God" is such a powerful line. I love it!

Sara McNulty said...

If we have no control over the mask, it is a scary world. Good one, Susan.

sreeja harikrishnan said...

“It’s me!” Is it? Words come through
our masks, though they may not defraud.
We think that we control the mask,
but we are the mask of God...........great lines!

such interesting thoughts...they reflect life around us!

Marja said...

wow great food for thought "Can we control our mask?" Powerful Love how "we are the mask of God"

kaykuala said...

“It’s me!” Is it? Words come through
our masks, though they may not defraud

One tries not to be too secretive and should not mask our intentions with ill-conceived ideas to conceal from the truth!

Hank

Panchali said...

Fascinating!! You are right in drawing attention to playing 'peekaboo games'....Never thought about it.
'Words come through
our masks, "-- absolutely!That's it in a nutshell. Love this poem, Susan :)

Mary said...

Ah, I really like the idea that we are the mask of God...that is indeed a profound calling, a fascinating perspective.