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I Know You

Your mask told me more than your face ever did

Natalie Jeanne Maddy
2 min readMar 3, 2023


“The irony of life is that those who wear masks often tell us more truths than those with open faces.”
Marie Lu

you wear a mask
adorning your otherwise beautiful face
you choose oh so carefully to hide
based on those intimidating crowds
amidst you in which you choose to be a part

you take it off so easily
to choose a new convincing mask
depending on the new faces that surround you
based on bloody experiences of your past
you cowardly let define your future
despite your eager desires to change

you’re worse than the infamous Joker
because his so-called mask is not a mask at all
rather, it is his face
through and through
even though it’s a fucking frightening face
that terrifies all those who surround him
which is his ultimate aim

you think you’re like Batman
hiding your genuine identity for the safety of yourself
but little do you know
you’re throwing yourself under the bus that never stops moving
the more intricate the masks you collect
over time that is actually now

you have a designer mask for different crowds
but also for different seasons
for different times of day
for different desires
for different selves
for different woes

you choose not to wear makeup
because it’s still showing your true face
albeit it a layered face with products galore

instead, you choose to wear a mask




and that’s the most honest thing about you



Natalie Jeanne Maddy

I try to rouse others to find their truths by writing about my own!💋Yoga, meditation, and aromatherapy teacher. Author of 5 books — thriller, healing, poetry.