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Masks on Mask

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This poem is written for #IndiSpire Edition 133 prompt ‘Mask‘.

indispire mask

masks on mask


Holding it in my hand, the whole night,
I hid myself in the masquerade and posed right!

Trying to hide my face, I held it tight,
The mask was quite apt for that party night!

Different people — known or unknown,
Smiling, exhibiting etiquettes, mature and all grown!

Hidden visages behind glossy, shiny synthetic faces,
Concealed blemishes, camouflaged flaws sans any traces!

I tried to pretend decorous with poise and dignity,
Schlepping finesse, I didn’t want to demean my vanity!

But I failed, as to befit in that plastic world was a daunting task,
‘Coz I forgot to adorn ‘artificial sensibility’, the prerequisite mask!

Sangeeta Mishra

  • So beautifully written, brought out the point succinctly!

  • Very well written on this theme.
    Unfortunately artificiality is a prerequisite mask these days.

    • Thank you so much Indrani.
      It’s sad but true reality of modern life. 🙁

  • Purba Chakraborty

    Beautifully written, Ma’am. I especially loved the last 2 lines. So realistic!

    • Thank you so much Purba. Glad that you liked them. Means a lot. 🙂

  • Ah. At last someone mentioned PARTY NIGHTS on this prompt…

    I hated parties for one has to wear masks. But with time, got used to it and it became like a natural face for me. How fast we humans learn to adapt.

    Still my dislike of having to wear mask is something which made me put a like to this post which mentioned party nights and masks with sattire.
    You tore apart the masks on the party nights!

    • Thank you so much Saketji. Truly said! The irony of modern life is that we have to put on multiple faces in social gatherings and ultimately we loose real self.

      It has always been my pleasure being read and appreciated by you. But this post is literally inspired by you. I read your poem for the prompt, I wrote for Indispire for the first time. Thanks for the inspiration. 🙂

  • Amit Agarwal

    ‘plastic world’! So true…sigh!

  • Beautiful and relevant poem

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