We wear the mask that grins and lies,
It hides our cheeks and shades our eyes,-
This debt we pay to human guile;
With torn and bleeding hearts we smile,
And mouth with myriad subtleties.
Why should the world be over-wise,
In counting all our tears and sighs?
Nay, let them only see us, while
We wear the mask.
We smile, but, O great Christ our cries
To thee from tortured souls arise.
We sing, but oh the clay is vile
Beneath our feet, and long the mile;
But let the world dream otherwise,
We wear the mask!
-We Wear the Mask, by Paul Laurence Dunbar
Follow the crowd and love everybody now ‘cause love is the best thing for you now. But you changed your mind- you let everybody down, but down is the best place for you. It’s easier that way, you know it’s so wrong, can’t embrace it, wish sometimes for any other you. But you can’t erase it and you won’t escape it. Don’t waste your time, your words only confine you to all of the things you’ve buried now. Don’t ask them why, their wisdom will leave you blind, but blind is the best thing for you, it’s easier I know. You know it’s so wrong, can’t embrace it, wish sometimes for any other you. But you can’t erase it and you won’t escape it. How long will you face it till the weight comes crashing down on you?
~Can’t Erase It.Jars of Clay