Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Society's mask, Society's way


There's a face that we wear in the cold light of day 
It's society's mask, it's society's way,
And the truth is that it's all a façade
There's a face that we hide till the nighttime appears,
And what's hiding inside, behind all of our fears,
Is our true self, locked inside the façade..
~Jekyll & Hide


Glimpse of his face
notice, can you, his pace
sharp, determined, hard-core
one-man-army, marching
grabbing all he can, little more.

He is boorish, ramping, very
smiles back too in hearty merry
elusive, can't get a read of him
rock in his heart, or pounding flesh
or too much water beneath the brim.


He's saint, conjoined to his schedule
blandishing, cajoling, bending some rules
to get what he wants, leaves nothing to chance
nonesuch he is, or a daimon in detail
or much talked nonsensical flimsy prance

Strange how he keeps the facade whole day
masquerade  is so tight, never he escaped
one day he was standing tall, in dark of the night
see the face marred by an antsy look
he was worried-planning about next day bright

Who was he ?
he's no one but me
at night I shed it all, mask-unmasked
free from all mistakes, anticipations
I just lie down there bare-skinned.

It's a nightmare 
We can never discard 
So we stay on our guard 
Though we love the façade 
What's behind the façade?
Look behind the façade
~Jekyll & Hide

53 comments:

  1. जिसने, जब भी, जैसा चाहा, पूर्ण कसौटी पर तौला,
    सबने अपनी राय प्रकट की, जो चाहा, जैसा बोला है।

    सुन्दर अनुनादित भाव।

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    1. thank you Sir..
      सबने अपनी राय प्रकट की, जो चाहा, जैसा बोला है.. in total agreement with you.

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  2. Much could be behind that White Collar!

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    1. haha.. Neal Caffrey was indeed in my mind.

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  3. There is always that facade that is synonymous to survival in a society bound by rules and norms ... well written !!!

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    1. yep..
      it is almost synonymous to survival..
      thanks Amrit !!

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  4. Interesting compo! Everyone has an invisible face.`

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    1. thanks Jeevan...
      yes everyone does have a hidden side !!

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  5. This one is my favorite so far! How you continue to amaze me, I'll never know!

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    1. hqhq... thanks Katie :)
      that comment made me so happy :D

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  6. I love this post Jyoti. Really made me think. Yes we all have another side to us don't we...?

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    1. yep we all do.. without an exception !!

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  7. why is it that we have this fragmented kind of life do you think? why cant we be ourselves?

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  8. what a relief it is at the end of the day and we can just be...

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    1. I guess we put up with this facade because we are worried..
      we worry about people not accepting us the way we are.. and many time fear is legit.

      hehehe yeah thank god for the night to come every day :P

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  9. Truly said Jyoti. We turn mere puppets at times, glossed up with a little bit of pretense, playing our roles to the tune of the person at helm. The only way out is to quit being so or to adapt happily to the role. I wish at times if we werent bound by rules, granting us the freedom to work as we wish, but still be paid to make our ends meet! :)

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    1. I wish the same..
      not sometimes but all the times :P

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  10. Thank god for the night to come!

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    1. hehe..
      thanks to God indeed..
      for we always have a night after day :P

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  11. it's so sad when we have to hide our try self...it's exhausting to wear that mask, to play someone we're not... think no one manages on the long haul..

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  12. Wonderfully written and your words are so true. I am guilty of doing exactly that. I tend to put up a façade for the world, but when I am on my own, I am someone completely different. I don't really know why I do it. Thank you for all your kind words on my blog. You are just wonderful and brilliantly talented.

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    1. thanks Murees..
      we all tend to have some shreds of our personality which we not feel like sharing with anyone :)

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  13. Conformity to societal norms seems to be goaded by the primordial instinct of survival. To veer away from the routine is feared to be inviting disaster thought it may pave the path to a new order and thought.

    Very well written with choicest wordcraft.

    Regards

    Geetashree

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    1. thanks you mam !!
      this fear is the devil.

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  14. i guess that goes for everyone :P

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  15. there are masks i throw on. the key is to take them off. but are we always holding something back? if we can never, ever really know someone completely, then something is held back. but that doesn't necessarily constitute a mask. good food fer thought...

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    1. Thanks Ed..
      depends on how much transparent we are :)

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  16. Dr. Jekyll and Mr.Hyde two characters of opposite persona are immortalized by famous fiction writer L. Stevenson,represent only our own true and faked 'self'...a poem which invoke us to go for introspection!

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    1. yes..
      these characters induces introspection :)

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  17. We live in such times when more than half of the things are fake. Sad but true.

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  18. Beautiful, Jyoti. We all have masks we wear. It's how we survive. Not only for the sake of societal acceptance but for our own protection. Without masks we'd be completely exposed and vulnerable. I'm not so sure we always take them off when we lay down at night. Sometimes the lines between who we really are and who we "need" to be blur.

    VR Barkowski

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    1. yes.. but only if it was easy to do..
      sometimes we fool ourselves by these masks

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  19. Beautifully-versed, Jyoti. We even fail to understand the real 'we' in us.

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    1. exactly..
      we are lost in ourselves sometimes

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  20. Wow. I love it! You got me thinking I don't read nearly enough poetry anymore. So gorgeous.

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  21. Very true Jyoti! We all have many hidden faces! Some might come out if we feel we'll not be judged wearing that face.

    Very practical and thoughtful writing!

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    1. thanks Valli..
      fear of being judged is one of many reasons why we wear those masks !!!

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  22. We all put masks don't we ~ How lovely to shed this off at night and just be ourselves ~ Have a lovely week ~

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  23. Pretty close to self. Interesting writeup.

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