John Panian / Johnny Alexander: false face 11 (mirrors of our world)

Johnny Crabcakes + poem
What mask do we wear?

How well do we wear it?

How deep are we willing to dig?

We DO want people to judge us
by the cover, as long as it’s the
cover we choose to present,
the prettiest mask in our collection,
or the most beautifully, brilliantly ugly one.

We create yet more layers
of persona on the shell of the self,
protecting a precious kernel of emptiness
with self upon self
up on the shelf,
yet another and another
newer edition
of this tired old tale,
another coating of shellac
to protect this shell,
this crust of need,
this unsightly seed,
this spinning singularity
of validation and denial.

Is this person or persona?

There is only persona.

This character that
I play, confusingly,
conveniently,
a border, a coin,
a nation, a commerce.

Here is my cover.

My mind wanders and I chase after it
and then,
if all goes well,
I give chase to the one giving chase
and then….

i take a breath
i let the breath go
i let go of taking breaths

i let go of chasing
i let go of letting go
i let go of not letting go

Image and text © Johnny Panian / Johnny Alexander
blog: A Prayer Like Gravity

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