IMG_7732.JPGYou can’t always see some birds, insects or animals,

they have unique ways of hiding who they really are

unlike dogs or cats as plain as a bowl of tomato soup

drool of tongue and cunning of ears, but you and me,

all of us uprights dine daily on a feast of masks,

a batman of lies.

It’s a kind of game, dressing up from the props cupboard,

a new mr or mrs Ben, as if by magic we become another,

our roundabout of daily lives in a world of our own,

the belief that others know who we are, how we feel,

of course they do!

Each course of our meal can be layered, filo pastried,

ghosts in the fillings, deception in the salted caramel ice cream.

Take a heart, consider the soft bloodied pulp, the bruises,

the volume of noise in memory

be kind be yourself

be kind

be you.





Author: pennysharman

Penny is a qualified Complimentary Therapist with over 20 years experience. She is also a counselor, a healer and an awesome cook! Penny is a photographer and artist, but her focus for over 15 years has been writing poetry. Penny has an MA for Creative writing from Edge Hill University. She has had over 100 poems published in magazines such as The Interpreter’s House, Obsessed with Pipework, Strix, The North, Ink Sweat & Tears and Beautiful Dragons Anthologies. Penny’s pamphlet Fair Ground 2019 published by Yaffle Press and her first Collection Swim With Me In Deep Water 2019 published by Cerasus Poetry are available to buy from her website: Penny’s second collection is to be published in 2020/2021 by Knives Forks & Spoons Press.

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