Cover Up

Makeup artists brush kit.

Makeup artists brush kit. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

My face is covered in makeup
Fine painting on my form
My words are carefully chosen
So much different from when born
And with artifice and product
My daily mask I now adorn

From my sins I won’t recover
I will hide them from my view
I can’t even bear to see them
Nor let such be seen by you
But I’m practised in deflection
Make chimeras seem so true

The world is made of cover ups
Each and every one the same
Tis simpler to defer judgement
Than to see and point to blame
So my daily ritual covering
Is just an aspect of the game

(c) Helen Valentina 2013, All Rights Reserved

About Helen

I'm drawn to blogging as a way to share ideas and consider what makes us who we are. Whether it's in our working life or our creativity, expression is a means to connect.
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9 Responses to Cover Up

  1. So true, I am not very adept at the cover up myself. Makeup I still have no idea how to apply it and socially well that is much more awkward than my big crazy hair and pale freckled face lol My weird always shines through and that is okay with me because I want to accept myself as is not as I think I should be, I am however very guilty of repressing my feelings

    • Thanks, yes, the makeup is more an allegory to that sort of self-hiding we are all guilty of sometimes I suppose – particularly re our real feelings and so forth in particular situations. 🙂

      • I am not good at psychic makeup either. I remember I had to do to a filmed interview for my a Nutrition class and the teacher told us to not show our emotions to keep calm and professional well apparently my face went haywire trying to conceal my emotions because I made the weirdest most inexplicable expressions during the interview. My client kept hitting on me and trying to get naked probably because he wanted to show off to the camera. I had this underwear model and he was so playful and unruly

  2. Mike says:

    Men must also wear their masks but I don’t think there’s anything false about it – we have to continually adapt out behavior to circumstance in order to interact sociably with each other. I’ll act politely with the shop assistant despite my foul mood and she’ll thank me and won’t tell me she has leukemia and this is what could be termed the ‘social contract’. We remove the mask (or should) with those closest to us.

  3. Elia Bintang says:

    For some of us, it’s self-hiding. Some other are just playing smart 🙂

  4. raeme67 says:

    It is not possible in all situations to show “all” of who you are. I think I am the same person wherever I am, but ,no , I don’t accent all my faults or parade all my sins. Great poem.

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