Masks

“Masks”

By Shel Silverstein

She had blue skin,

And so did he.

He kept it hid

And so did she.

They searched for blue

Their whole life through,

Then passed right by-

And never knew.

When you think of wearing a mask, you automatically think about covering your face.

It gives you this mysterious look because people are wondering who is under the mask.

Don’t hide behind a mask to make you feel better about yourself.

Don’t be afraid to be you, and don’t change for anyone,

but only change to better yourself.

The way you define yourself shapes your life.

I feel that everyone puts on a mask for every occasion in life because you have to adapt to your environment.

For example, the way you behave at work may not be the same way you act outside of work to some extent. At work, you have to maintain your professionalism.

Therefore, the girl and the boy in the poem are trying to teach us to look passed the mask.

Look beneath the surface.

Just because someone doesn’t appeal to you on the outside, doesn’t mean  they won’t on the inside.

People always say, “Don’t judge a book by its cover.”

You never know who has “blue skin” just like you.

Now, why did Shel Silverstein choose blue?

Blue is often associated with depth and stability.

It is funny that the two characters in the poem had to look deep into the other to find out both their skins were blue.

Blue symbolizes trust, loyalty, wisdom, confidence, intelligence, faith, truth, and heaven.

This sounds like almost everything someone looks for in a significant other, in a friend, and out of life.

Blue is also linked to consciousness and intellect.

This makes me think of appreciating yourself and others for who they truly are.

What you and others look like on the outside (masks) doesn’t matter.

Remove your mask, and be proud to show the world who YOU ARE.

‘Til next week world,

Miss You

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