Poemdog

Dogs 2019

EMPTY MASK
(5/19/19)


we
put on
a great
show

say
the right
words

do
the expected
things

but our eyes
show
a great
disappointment

a disbelief
in the life
that we're
living

we blame
society
in general

family

friends

acquaintances
in specific

as if any
are the cause
of our
discontent

we have
created
an impossible
stage

an unreal
audience
for our
performance

so many levels
removed
from reality

try to
remember
our earliest
childhoods

our first
predilections

our primal
fears

they were

they still
are

the realest
reactions
of our
natures

of our
DNA

to the world
in which
we walk

remember

then return
to your true
self

without
the overlaid
evaluations

stripped
of the pretend
patterns
of our
indoctrination

to a time
long before
the rationalizations
of civilization

retouch
your soul

just exist

or continue
the petty
performance
of what we
think
that we
should be