Lara De Ann

Behind the Mask

Behind the mask
Alone with my thoughts and feelings
While looking out from tiny windows
At the people gathered in front of me
Staring down at the t.v. screen I hold

I am silenced!
They don’t hear me.
I am silenced.
Most don’t care.
I want to scream, but I can’t.
I want to fly away, but I can’t.
I want to run, but there’s nowhere to go.
I want to die, but not by their hands.
I stand in silence instead.
My misery is as loud as the Universe is large
But they cannot hear me.
I am the Voiceless.

All of this and more I feel
while standing holding the t.v. screen showing footage of Hell…
I become like them, unheard: voiceless, faceless, nameless
I send out silent thoughts asking humans to see me,
To see my t.v. screen that I hold, to see the animals in pain
While they pass by with their pets in tow, eating hot dogs on a stick….
I want to scream, but I hide behind an anonymous mask, stoic
Voiceless, motionless….
“See Me!” I scream to them silently
But they walk by, mocking me, muttering something about steak
Asking my voiceless face where the nearest McDonalds is
Or ignoring my existence altogether and carrying on their life as usual.
Some grimace, but don’t want to see the truth.
We stand like this,
in silenced anguish, holding video footage of Hell on Earth.

Please somebody see me!
Please somebody hear me!
I am the voiceless in concentration camps
I stand alive in a perpetual fire of Hell
I am the voiceless that screams to you in Silence.

And I am the one behind the mask holding video footage
of Hell on Earth.
My emotions scream for the tortured as I stand in anonymous silence.
See me!
Hear me!
But you walk away, unable to break your bad habits,
unable to open your heart.
Oh, I see someone crying now.
There is someone that cares!
They fall to their knees and tremble
I cry with them, silently, behind my mask.
Maybe enough of us will cry
Forming a river of tears
That will allow the voiceless to swim away from the Hell humans have created.
Your one tear gives me hope,
So I stand here in Silence,
Anonymous for the Voiceless.

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