Updated: Jan 10
Halloween always asks us to look at the masks we wear. I once had a wonderful
time making a mask. It was just a paper plate with 2 eye-holes cut out. I began with
joy decorating the face of the mask with jewels and rainbows and glitter etc. And
something in me said “turn the mask over”… What is on the other side of this
beautiful face that you have made? What does all that glitter hide? And I began
pasting words I cut out of magazines listing the kinds of things that are on the “other
side” of the mask I present to the world. I found this side MUCH more engaging to
work on. Tiny words of things in myself I don’t like others to see. The back side of
the mask was crammed with words! I didn’t make it to show to anyone else – but I
certainly showed myself to myself! You might try it.
Or you might just ponder what are the tiny ways that you “armor yourself” from life?
What do you use to protect your own vulnerability? Whether it is a mask or a suit of
armor, you put it on for good reason – what are the advantages of living behind your
mask? What is the danger of wearing a suit of armor? Is there anything you are
trying to escape? No real need to peel the mask off unless it seems like it might be a
good experiment for you! I am always reminded that it is most often people’s
vulnerabilities that draw me to them – not their masks!
Here is a poem of mine about Halloween and also about hiding;
All Hallows Eve
Even death puts on a costume
at the end of October.
The whole world sheds its beauty,
gets down to the bones of things.
It’s Halloween, when kids
practice trying on death,
laughing at what haunts them.
They eat ghosts, grow wax fangs,
sprout fairy wings.
We know the truth
but we need this annual chance
to stop running from our fears,
lift the veil, see life hiding from us,
tricking us, begging
for a sweet response.