Mask

Mask

i never knew light ’till i had to fight for my life to get through.

darkness is my only refuge, my only way to get by.

darkness is what my eyes is familiar of for wearing this mask.

the mask of denial, the mask of conceal, the camouflage mask.

i didn’t realize there is hope ’till you told me i am not doomed.

this mask has taught me to smile even when in great pain and agony.

this mask lead me to trudge hastily to an unfamiliar life terrain.

this mask has made me the person i didn’t wanna be.

there is total darkness with this mask, total blindness of the reality.

this mask oh! this mask i shall let go, i forever will throw.

with you beside me dear light has come and hope is at hand.

Happy World Poetry Day, my dear friends and poets…

In celebration of “World Poetry Day” i urge you all, my fellow poets to take a look at our own writing process.

So many out there have claimed to be poets.

Remember that ‘though anyone and i mean anyone can write poetry; but very few can write poetry with an authentic poet’s mind and heart.

Let us be reminded of how the great poets write their poetry. Their poems are a combination of thought and passion.

Emotions in the pieces they write are analyzed from an intellectual standpoint and passion is balanced out with reasoning and rationalizations. The result is a blending of emotions, intellect and often love.

It is therefore mandatory to ask ourselves of the following:

1. Is the emotion in our poetry derive from an intellectual standpoint? (Or, are we simply nagging/ranting?)


2. Is our poetry a balance of reasoning and rationalization? (Or, we are simply writing because we feel like writing even though our arguments are baseless?)


3. Is our poetry a perfect blend of intellect and emotion? (Or, we are simply writing not even mindful of its impact to our readers/audience?)

Remember:

our poems should always be a source or inspiration and hope to our readers. And it will only have a solid impact if it is established upon a solid balance of thought and passion.

32 Comments

  1. Sadje says:

    Masking our true selves can save us at times and doom us at others. Thanks for joining in Mich with this poem of light and wisdom.

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    1. michnavs says:

      Thank you so much Sadje for the beautiful photo prompt. πŸ’›πŸ™

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      1. Sadje says:

        You’re always welcome my dear friend

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  2. Chris Hall says:

    I especially like the comfort of that final line, Mich. Your whole poem certainly stands up to scrutiny against those pointers, as does everything you write.🀩Happy World Poetry Day!

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    1. michnavs says:

      Thank you so much Chris ..Happy World Poetry Day .πŸ’›πŸ™

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  3. True words of a mask, Mich. Masks that we all wear and our reality is never shown anytime. Great poem.

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    1. michnavs says:

      Thank you so much Kamal❀

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      1. Welcome always Mich.

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  4. Indeed, we can throw away masks in the company of those who matter. 😊

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    1. michnavs says:

      Yes Punam…thank you very much β€πŸ™

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  5. murisopsis says:

    Good guidelines! I often struggle not to over edit my stuff and edit out the emotion… Even the poet wears a mask at times.

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    1. michnavs says:

      Thank you so much Val…i hope you had the best vacation❀

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  6. Its so hard to be the real us in today’s society. You captured it perfectly, well done, Michelle.

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    1. michnavs says:

      I agree…its indeee so difficult .thank you Mason..

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      1. You’re welcome.

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  7. utahan15 says:

    cover me
    cos whatcha
    see is dead man walking
    dead man talkin

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  8. mrswrangler says:

    Interesting well written poem. I wear a mask. Only my mom and my husband get to see the fully unmasked me.

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    1. michnavs says:

      Oh wow that’s really interesting..thank you so much..

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      1. mrswrangler says:

        Your welcome.

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  9. What a great poem on the prompt Mich! πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸŒ»πŸ™

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    1. michnavs says:

      Oh, thank youπŸ€—

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  10. A powerful poem! We can all relate to it.
    I guess everyone has worn a mask at some time, some where, around some people. Masks can be good or can be harmful and sad.
    But, it’s a joy when we have many people in our lives that allow us to be 100% ourselves and we can feel safe and loved with them. πŸ™‚
    (((HUGS))) πŸ™‚

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    1. michnavs says:

      Hello Carolyn…i am so happy to see you .thank you and i hope you are well..πŸ€—πŸ™

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      1. Thank you, SweetMich! I updated my current situation yesterday on my WP blog. Too much info to leave in a comment.
        ❀️ πŸ™‚

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      2. michnavs says:

        Goin there now Carolyn.πŸ€—

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  11. judeitakali says:

    A stirring piece.

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    1. michnavs says:

      Thank you Jude

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  12. Jules says:

    When the seeds of our own emotions are planted in our poems they spead to everyone.
    I write everyday so everyday is Poetry Day (or Flash Fiction Day) for me πŸ˜‰

    May we all find our way out of the darkness that often we create for ourselves, though sometimes the darkness is indeed thrust upon us without just cause.

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    1. michnavs says:

      Thank you so much Jules…i write everyday and its really wonderful. πŸ™β€

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      1. Jules says:

        (((Hugs)))

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