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4 April 2022

Barnaby Adams


Author Unknown

I've copied this poem from the book "Nonviolent Communication – A Language of Life". The book is written by Marshall Rosenberg, the author of the poem is unknown.

Always a mask

Held in the slim hand whitely

Always she had a mask before her


Truly the wrist

Holding it lightly

Fitted the task:

Sometimes however

Was there a shiver,

Fingertip quiver,

Ever so slightly–

Holding the mask?

For years and years and years I


But dared not ask

And then–

I blundered,

Looked behind the mask,

To find


She had no face.

She had become

Merely a hand

Holding a mask

With grace.

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