we pull on a mask

or put on the face

true identity, you ask?

hidden without trace


surgery can reduce

or augment one’s chest

we wax, tan, and mousse

to look (expensive) best


switch your gender

buy youth extender

monied culture of pretender



Join De at dVerse…for a change

face of addiction

photo from Phyllis Galembo’s “Maske” collection shared with d’VersePoets



temptation wears

a lovely face but her

henchman snarls…

it’s frightful how easy

we can be chained:

in foolish company

an unwise choice

becomes a bad habit

grows in power to

dominate life until

it’s unrecognizable

hidden behind a mask

of pain and regret.