Masks Made From Wax and Felt – Written Tuesday 7th December 2021 (Aged 46)

Masks Made From Wax and Felt

the masks made from wax and felt
the weight of expectations
that forces you to tighten your belt
there is a world –
painted on billboards
and advertised for our delight
they teach us falsehoods
which obscure our sight
not that i am better
or more well versed
i have floating shelves
upon which i store my hurt
and i know,
my fault lines
would be my biographical taglines
and all my dreams
are fed like saline
my masks are poor –
with torn edges
and past memories stained upon them
because i know everything about nothing
way back then
i was a docile dog
left outside a youthful shop
i was idle, but always running too hot
so wear your masks
as if you are an antique showgirl
and then, like a true secret –
pretend that you never really knew the world

James Garratt – Tuesday 7th December 2021

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