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Posted: May 23rd. 2006 12:09:22 PM

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Seeing Through the Mask

by Phronesus Disegno

Age Group: Adult

Long back when I first met you
So many years ago
I knew I'd always love you
Though I'd never let you know

You looked to me for guidance
But self-love was not yours
And just because I cared for you
It opened many doors

You learned that you've been worthy
Of self-love all along
Encouraged by my like for you
Uncovering your heart-song

And others started seeing you
Because you let them hear
Your heart-song gleems for all to see
And many now come near

You say you're a better person now
Because you have known me
That I was one who showed you how
To set your heart-song free

And now that you have told me this
In light of your heart-song
It wasn't I who gave it to you
'Twas in you all along

Although I've always loved you, friend
Somehow I let you know
For now you see within yourself
What I saw long ago.

Author's Notes: I've learned that sometimes learning to love yourself is difficult for many reasons. Sometimes, you just don't know what there is to love about yourself; other times, you know things about yourself but you don't believe those things are special enough to consider. It's almost like people sometimes think they have to have some sort of outstanding and special quality in order to feel that they qualify for love, and that all the other ordinary qualities aren't really enough. And even worse, people who have low self-esteem focus so much on their flaws and faults that they feel hopeless that any of their other better qualities will ever compensate for them.

But, I have learned that people of all ages have self-esteem issues, not just people who are in their teens or in adolescence. Somehow, people get the idea that if they are not particularly outstanding, that they are unnoticable. But did you know that that is a lie? It is.

Any given ordinary qualities that most everyone has are perhaps not what is special. But how the person uniquely expresses their ordinary qualities is very special. This poem is about how common, ordinary qualities expressed in a unique way are noticed and appreciated -- but they have first to be expressed.

It is quite common for me to meet many people who tell me I am an especially nice and kind person, but the truth is, I'm just noticing and accepting them for who they are so that they won't feel pressured to put on any masks. And without exception, and without the mask, everyone I ever meet is someone for whom I am inspired to feel a sense of sincere admiration and caring. But the mask has got to go. I'll take the bad with the good. I simply won't have it any other way.

Author's Location: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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