Take off your mask they say,
Be yourself, express your inner self,
All seem to forget a simple thing,
Why is the mask on?
What happened to the man?
What happened to the women?
In years past…

We choose not to see the wolf,
His glowing teeth, his viciousness,
The mask is up because, the face is ripped,
It’s not a sweet venetian carnival.

So better than just, throwing words,
Words that mean nothing,
But feel good,
Just go to them,
Smile and say, Hello!
Help them get their mask off,
Be kind and different.

Don’t tell him/her to take their mask off,
Make them want to!

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