Someday your face may

carry the imprint

of the mask you choose.

Choose well.

If the mask should fall,

it can be glued back together

unless it shattered,

in which case new

clay must be found

and shaped and then baked

just to feel that comforting

weight hiding a bare face.

Decorate it well;

paint it; add feathers

and sequins just to suggest

festivity and fun.

Try not to scare anyone.

Most people prefer

not to see a naked face

that reveals who you are

and where you've been.

And possibly the mask

is needed

just to keep

your head together.