Mask off

Everyday people go about their tasks

Each wearing their preferred mask

Too scared to see self as is

Too scared to show self what is


Once in a while, they experience a mask off moment

But they hurry to explain that it was an off-moment

Too scared to be self

Too scared to free self


Then they get to the end of the line

Looking back, their lives project a faceless sign

Too late to take the mask off

Too late to show a face they can be proud of

– Osasu Oviawe

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