By SANDY ROCHELLE
The mask is off, discarding the things of no value.
The earth takes it up.
The soul dismantles it
And takes it to its grave
Useless and without purpose.
It no longer obscures the shining light
That lived beneath the mask.
The soul will now bury what never was.
A false time of pretending and illusion.
Sandy Rochelle is a widely published poet, a featured artist in the film Bohemia, The Life of a New York City Poet, a member of the Acting Company of Lincoln Center, host of the President's Award-winning television series On Our Own, and a member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences in the Spoken Word category.