Over the years, your support has made Women’s Web the leading resource for women in India. Now, it is our turn to ask, how can we make this even more useful for you? Please take our short 5 minute questionnaire – your feedback is important to us!

The Masks She Has Always Worn To Hide The Pain…

The mask she wears to hide her bruises, her pain, her distress from everyone, to hold up her head and go through life... can you not see it?

The mask she wears to hide her bruises, her pain, her distress from everyone, to hold up her head and go through life… can you not see it?

She is bemused. It is startling to see everyone wear the mask, to talk about it, to ask which one is needed?

The mask is not something that is new to her, you see…

She chuckles at the questions you ask,
Because she has always worn a mask
The mask that hid the bruise,
Made possible for you to ignore the abuse
The mask let you imagine she was fulfilled
Inspite of her thousand dreams killed
It showed none of her pain
So you needed to take no blame
The mask with the fake smile pasted
Hiding the emptiness that left her wasted
Covering what you wouldn’t hear,
The mask was her live saver.
So behind a façade she would shrink,
Pushing herself to the brink.
Staring at a deep abysss
As all truth you would dismiss
Today, she lets her thoughts meander,
To what she would often wonder.
When she was left with no without,
Looking inwards resolved her doubt
She saw through the cloak that you wear,
Of control, of a society beyond repair
She recognised how you played your part
With blinkers; and the mask on your heart

Bemused, she smiles.
Masks, or no masks, she still has the capacity to feel, and the courage to believe.
Do you, dear world, dear society, have the same?

Can you still smile beneath your mask?

If you or anyone you know is feeling depressed or suicidal, here are some of the helplines available in India. Please call. 
Aasra, Mumbai: 022-27546669
Sneha, Chennai: 044-2464 0050
Lifeline, Kolkata: 033-2474 4704
Sahai, Bangalore: 080–25497777
Roshni, Hyderabad: 040-66202000, 040-66202001

Image source: johnhain on pixabay

Never miss real stories from India's women.

Register Now

Liked this post?

Register at Women's Web to get our weekly mailer and never miss out on our events, contests & best reads! Or - get a couple of really cool reads on your phone every day - click here to join our Telegram channel.

Women's Web is an open platform that publishes a diversity of views. Individual posts do not necessarily represent the platform's views and opinions at all times. If you have a complementary or differing point of view, sign up and start sharing your views too!

Comments

About the Author

shalini mullick

Shalini is the author of "Stars from the Borderless Sea", a collection of three novella length stories that explore different nuances of love. She is a practicing doctor with more than 20 years of experience read more...

35 Posts | 65,261 Views

Stay updated with our Weekly Newsletter or Daily Summary - or both!

Doing Good is #BeautifulInDeed

""
All Categories