Inferiority Complex

this mask cracks from the inside
slivers and shards prick my skin
whose grey pallor hides beneath
a wide smile and exuberant laugh

I want, on some days, to remove it
or, if I’m honest, for you to…
to even WANT to, to remove it
except for the inevitable sense of loss

this opportunity for real nakedness
freezes my movements, quickens thought
would my smile fade in fear
of such a complete honesty?

within this mask I am covered in shame
while underneath I am filled with shame

so, surrounded and filled
I recognize these, my failings
unable to reverse this process
this sin called …. _____________

(I’ll let YOU fill in the blank)

tara caribou | ©2019

Read this and more in my poetry book, Four.

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