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Let The Mask Slip


My Mask

I have had this poem in my head for a while now. It has had about 5 different titles as I struggled to try to get my message across.

Almost everyone wears some sort of mask. Remember when someone asks “are you okay”? and you reply “Everything is fine”, and they answer, “trying telling your face that”. Because you have not mastered the art of wearing your mask.

Most of my others poems about my life experiences would not have been written, if I hadn’t sought help to remove my mask. I also found out that I had to let it slip gradually, to cope with the emotional avalanche and tackle my demons one by one.

Like everyone I will still have a mask, as no one’s life is an open book. But this one will be a healthy mask for protection, and not to hide behind.


This mask of mine I’ve worn since childhood.

I put it on to hide away my fear.

I wish back then, that I had understood.

The price you pay, not letting people near.

Reality I bury deep inside.

And only show my happy public face.

You only see the things that I decide.

No entry sign protects my private place.

I neither let people in or feelings out.

The pressure building up inside my head.

Release will have to come, there is no doubt.

To face it is the thing that I most dread.

I wish I’d spoke to someone years ago.

And finally unmasked this horror show.


Charlie Halliday (author) from Scotland on April 23, 2020:

Thanks for visiting Brenda glad you enjoyed

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on April 22, 2020:

I wear one now to hide the pain.

Good write.

Charlie Halliday (author) from Scotland on October 28, 2019:

Thanks for reading Clive.

Clive Williams from Jamaica on October 27, 2019:

Makes one think. Many can relate.

Charlie Halliday (author) from Scotland on September 24, 2019:

Thank you for you comments Lorna.

Charlie Halliday (author) from Scotland on September 24, 2019:

Thank you John. Getting the emotions out and written down, was one of my main reasons for starting writing.

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on September 24, 2019:

Writing, especially poetry is an emotional release and can be very therapeutic. You describe what you have been through very well, and also how you are dealing with it to move forward. Well done, Charlie.

Lorna Lamon on September 24, 2019:

Such an emotional yet powerful piece Charlie which clearly shows your struggle. Your understanding of everything you have gone through is simply inspirational. I loved this poem.

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