A poem by Paul Lawrence Dunbar

Posted by Josefine Speyer on Nov. 1, 2013, 10:33 a.m. 1 comment

A poem by Paul Lawrence Dunbar

During the Death Café Ed  attended in October at Cafe Rouge, someone mentioned how we all ‘wear a mask’ in our everyday lives.  It reminded him of this poem:


We Wear the Mask



We wear the mask that grins and lies,

It hides our cheeks and shades our eyes,—

This debt we pay to human guile;

With torn and bleeding hearts we smile,

And mouth with myriad subtleties.


Why should the world be over-wise,

In counting all our tears and sighs?

Nay, let them only see us, while

       We wear the mask.


We smile, but, O great Christ, our cries

To thee from tortured souls arise.

We sing, but oh the clay is vile

Beneath our feet, and long the mile;

But let the world dream otherwise,

       We wear the mask!



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