My WASP MASK
photo  US Geological Survey’s
fantastic Macro photos of insects and
butterflies…awesome.
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How many masks
can one wear ?
More than enough
to fool many of the people.
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One for work.
one for home…
friends who only see
you away from work,
wonder where the “other me” is
that others see behind
a mask.
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My children
both see a different MuM,
just like my brother
and I…
we both seem to be
only children,
not recognizing the truth
of the home
and parents
we grew up with.
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My parents masks
are puzzling now…
I wish I’d seen
and got to know
the “real” people
behind their
parent masks.  
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The mask
for family far away..
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The mask my parents saw,
I don’t recognize at all.
Perceptions and wishful think
for a child that didn’t
exist in me…
make a mask
that is curious to me…
but
made sense to them. 
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Am I organized or not.
Commanding presence
of a leader,
or mousy
and a follower bee.
Worker bee
or Queen bee…
hmmm.
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Self confident
or agoraphobic …
the second is a mask
that is getting a grip
that needs to be loosened.
Quiet soft spoken
or loud and boisterous
….happy
or sad and depressed. 
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City mouse
or country mouse.
Only the Shadow knows
which mask I wear today
and why
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You are among toads
“Think as I think,” said a man,
“or you are abominably wicked;
you are a toad.”
And after I thought of it,
I said, “I will, then, be a toad.”
~ Stephen Crane
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