Vesti la giubba

A gogyohka for the dverse clown prompt.


we resent masks

take to the streets in protest

I wonder if it is because we already wear them

we keep our sorrows hidden

all pagliacci behind the smiles

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Jane Dougherty

I used to do lots of things I didn't much enjoy. Now I am officially a writer. It's what I always wanted to be.

56 thoughts on “Vesti la giubba”

  1. Oh, I love the comparisons in this piece, Jane. It’s absolutely lovely. I feel this is a really great perspective on what is so common in society–the fact that we hide our emotions behind a smile. It’s truly sad that we wear these “masks.” Beautiful poem delineating that facet of reflection and hiding behind that type of veil. ❤

    1. Thank you. We are very good at posturing, obsessed with superficiality and appearance, but unable to dredge up feelings of compassion and humanity. It’s more than hiding behind the smile, it’s making the smile replace intelligent thought and true empathy.

  2. I hate this type of mask more than the surgical anti-corona type, which is a necessary evil at the moment. But hiding behind smiles is probably one of the main reasons there is so much stigma attached to mental illness – we are all afraid to show our true feelings, or deal with anyone else’s. You illustrated this skilfully and succinctly here.

  3. More sharp social commentary, Jane. In a world ruled by illusions, nothing is scarier to the puppet masters than reality. We are trained from a very early age to wear our masks.

    1. Yes, you’re right. As Rob said, it’s the physical masks people get shirty about, not seeming to notice that they are probably hiding their real feelings all the time without one.

      1. We don’t share our children’s tastes in music, but they are all grateful for being brought up on Motown, which even they think is the greatest and they’d never have known about it with their parents’ indoctrination 🙂

  4. People have been wearing masks for thousands of years and for many reasons, from stone, papier maché, wood, gold… and now here we are with the smallest of accoutrements, a simple piece of cloth, and some of us are protesting about having to wear them, while others use them as a fashion accessory. Your little mask gogyohka makes a big statement, Jane!

    1. I think we’d all like to see some more sincere smiles, to be honest. There’s an awful lot of expensive dentistry flashed about that means nothing at all.
      Thank you, Hank!

      1. Wishful thinking I think. At least most countries may be moving toward a more equal system but some of the countries that aren’t may never switch.

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