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“Unmasked” by Antoinette Voûte Roeder


There is

the official mask

the impenetrable mask

the white impenetrable mask.


Then there are

the colorful masks

purple and pink

blue and aqua

made by loving hands.


One day

when the world

comes to its senses

let’s get together


take our masks

make tails for kites

or hang them from

the tallest trees.


We’ll show our faces

marked by anger

scarred by sorrow

deep with longing


every shade, every color


when the world

comes to its senses.

Written July 5, 2020 during the awakening to worldwide racism while the pandemic rages.


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