As you all know that February is Black History Month. This is a annual celebration which started in 1926. In Honor Of Black History Month, I delicate this post to Paul Laurence Dunbar (June 27, 1872 – February 9, 1906) who was a Famous abolitionist Frederick Douglass once called Paul Luarence Dunbar “the most promising young colored man in America.” I am posting a poem from Paul Dunbar which touched me when I was taking literature in college.I had to memorise his poem ” We were the Mark” for my final exam. This poem is about the mask we wear in front of other human beings to disguise any pain, sadness, or turmoil that we may be going through at the time.
Here I bring you …..
We wear the Mask – Paul Luarence Dunbar
We wear the mask that grins and lies,
It hides our cheeks and shades our eyes,–
This debt we pay to human guile;
With torn and bleeding hearts we smile,
And mouth with myriad subtleties.
Why should the world be over-wise,
In counting all our tears and sighs?
Nay, let them only see us, while
We wear the mask.
We smile, but, O great Christ, our cries
To thee from tortured souls arise.
We sing, but oh the clay is vile
Beneath our feet, and long the mile;
But let the world think other-wise,
We wear the mask!