un masque

“We shall never cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And to know the place for the first time.”

                                                          T.S. Eliot


mirrors and eyes

everywhere i look

North, East, South and West

above and below


reflect my many masks


there is never a place to hide


so the masks i welcome



every glimpse

of every piece

of the puzzle of me

leads me home

to that one true mask


that faceless face


collected (co   lec   ted)


where i always was

always will be


submission for Poetics with Mish at dVerse.



23 thoughts on “un masque

  1. Sherry Marr says:

    “that faceless face”….reminds me of the face in our collaborative poem, Paul. I love how each glimpse of the puzzle of you is leading you home. That is the journey. Beautiful writing.

  2. kim881 says:

    No, you can never hide from the true self, no matter how many masks. I really like the lines:
    ‘every glimpse
    of every piece
    of the puzzle of me’
    ‘that faceless face
    collected (co lec ted)’.

  3. lillian says:

    I’m reminded of a cubist exercise offered to folks at an art gallery we visited. They’d taken pieces of a mirror and glued them on a board…you sat in front of the board and saw different pieces of your face reflected back at you, and you were supposed to draw what you saw. Your reflection was in pieces, all different shapes….the masked you!

  4. Glenn Buttkus says:

    I have always adored the Eliot quote; as you know, i like to open with a quote habitually; part of my poetic masque perhaps. I like the notion that our true self might look Cubist, many separate components that relax into our many personas. Sadly, some folks cannot see who they really are–and live a complete lie.

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