The Collective Mask

from Impurities by Glass Shrine

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You longed for a face,
a flare to glow far beyond
the enemy that rebellion
taught you to create

Antithetical responses to mores
Tell me, how free are you?
A mask found through an identity - shared by millions!
What does this make you?

Only fools deny the scent of air so sweet
or the taste of ripened bulbs in bloom
in defiance of their enjoyment by the elite
as they search for beliefs to assume.
You wheeze for breath so jaggedly,
and your pulse beats out of time with other men -
all in pursuit of a self to call your own
through the torture of trudging against the grain

You've found your "face",
but it's so poorly sewn-on
The ill-fitting skin
betrays your soulless eyes


from Impurities, released February 8, 2016


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