What You See

What you see
Is what you get.
He spoke in a sneer.
As his mask morphed to his face.
Grotesquely, stuck there.

Not something we believe.
It is not really true.
For what I see
I believe
Is not at all what you see.

Paradox!
So he screamed.
That's not what he was taught!

It is not my journey
To stand here explaining
When he is fraught.

When the mask is morphed
Into his face.
He was taught to keep it there.

Yet why it never dawn on him
To toss it in the air.
Throw it away!
I'd like to say.
Yet deaf to my words he'd be.
For what you see
Is what you get.
He must firmly believe.

Open your eyes
Toss the mask aside.
Be you!
Be brave!
Be an ambassador of change.

So what you see
Will reflect
What you get.

Loving light.
It just might
Seep behind that mask.
But I for one
Might not stick around
To see the transformation.

Bless you
I must.
Bless him, too.
Off I go,
Without a mask
To see the world anew.

If our paths were to cross again.
I hope to see that mask
Has fallen on the land.
He will stand there
Smiling, 'I finally understand!'

Looking In

A subtle glance.
Quickly look away.
I do not want to go there today.
Too much heartache,
Too much pain,
Perhaps I will look another day.

NO! You shout.
Look right now.
You need to look within.
You need to learn how.
How to discern your own emotions
From that of another.
How to see for yourself.
Your hurting one another.

Anger is fine for a moment,
Or two,
But holding it's hand
Will only get you
Filled up with nothing.
Look within,
And see,
How you hurt me.

You and I are the same.
We should not be here
Passing blame.
We should be growing,
Loving, kind.
We should be looking in
transforming it all until we find
Nothing but love to leave behind.