Masked Conversation

Am I wearing a mask?

Why do you ask?
Don’t I always bare my teeth
and wear cowries in my hair?

And you?

Am I to believe that
you are really mean
one day, and beneficent another?
You are not for real.

Your breasts are not so pointy,
though your hair is bristly,
your skin is blotchy,
and your eyes bug out a bit.

You think you are so brave
wearing worms in your hair,
Remember, Medusa had snakes.

Pull in your horns, my dear,
You can’t scare me.

Allan Schmid

Image of MaskImage of Mask
         Tiger mask, Guerrero, Mexico and Bamana n’tomo mask, Mali.
         Photos by Stephanie Wottreng, MSU Museum Collections.

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