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The Mask

A fortress is a solid place,
Living in one is no disgrace.
A mask is like that, 
Where you can hide your face.

The fortress I built is a solid place,
A solid place to hide my face.
My fortress is the inner me,
It keeps the outer me in place.

The inner me is behind the mask,
I try hard not to show my face.
The outer face is all folks see,
And that is,...just in case...

We all wear masks every now and then,
Folks say they care, but I don't recall when.
They ask now and then if you are OK,
If you say you are not, they just slip away.

When I am told care is a Christian way,
I am tempted to believe,
That it will snow on a summers day,
Before their help I will receive.

So I'll keep my mask until that day,
When Jesus comes to take me away.
Then I'll take off my mask at last,
For all my hurt will be in the past.

For in heaven, I won't need a mask, 
For God knows me inside out.
His love is everlasting,
Of this I have no doubt.

February 2006

© Dave Timperley 2012

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  1. Date: 2/19/2012 1:28:00 PM
    Dave, God bless your wonderful thoughts... I try hard no to hide..behind..a mask.... it's as you said..God.knows..me in and out...have a nice one..pd

  1. Date: 2/18/2012 4:35:00 PM
    Hi Dave, love this poem, so much truth here, i remember, as a manager in a factory, one of my tasks was to interview prospect workers, and constantly i had to look behind the mask, to make my selection, i really like this poem, thanks. harry

  1. Date: 2/16/2012 3:20:00 PM
    This is really true. But even when some folks ask if your ok, they put on a mask of care. Only God can see us the way we are. I like it. Much Respect, Anna

  1. Date: 2/13/2012 9:44:00 AM
    My thoughts have been running close in line to these words. So many now do "lipservice" as christians instead of "action service" ... .. Not all get that they do..but it's a shame. Perhaps this is their outer mask?? Ohh well, much to think on....enjoyed your poem.