The face, the shadow

This is the diamond face that I show

the world, give to you, shape and

nurture. as if its essence and true;

this is the face, the side, the fully

swappable personas crafted for every

occasion and dressed with neat tears

when tugging at emotions is the call.


And then there is the shadow-~rarely

seen and lurking, following, grinning, repressed

always present, sitting beneath the surface of

this complex being so striving and torn as

animal, driven by fears and desire that

should not be seen by those who set

the social boundaries high and speak the

mantra that appearance is everything.