Photo credited to Google


I choose to wear a mask

Society expects me to

I walk everyday knowing rejection

paves my path

I turn a deaf ear to rants

and dissent

That is the price I pay

I must assimilate


I did all I could

even selling myself short

I thought I could barter self

for assimilation

But the more I tried

the more I got denied

I learned the hard way

Wearing masks does not pay


© Norma Bobb-Semple 2016


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