Masks We Wear, But Cannot Hide

Hide your face,
so the world will
never find you!

Every face a different shade . . .

Look around –
there’s another
mask behind you!

True is false . . .
Who is who . . .?

Take your fill –
let the spectacle
astound you.

Stop and stare
at the sea of smiles
around you!

Seething shadows
breathing lies . . .

You can fool
any friend who
ever knew you!

Run and hide –
but a face will
still pursue you!

– Act 2, Scene 1, Masquerade, The Phantom of the Opera (excerpted)

The wife and I went to the theater the other night to see a performance by the national touring troupe of Phantom.

I’m a sucker for anything by Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber and I could write forever about how good it was, especially the scenery –  the set design by Paul Brown was genius.

By far, my favorite number was – is – Masquerade. Just re-read the lyrics.

Think about them. How so true of everyone.

We all wear masks – many, in fact, sometimes intentionally, sometimes unconsciously, to different people, at different times, in different places – that we present to the world who or what we wish them to see, all the while hiding that which we don’t.

And the final lines say it all, you can hide (behind your mask), “but a face will still pursue you!”

The face of you that you can’t hide.

From yourself.

– Bill


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