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The Masks, A Poem

I am fluent in languagesnot like English, Français, or Gaeilge.I mean the social languagesyou constructed beforeand built duringmy time. There were no classes to teach meall of the facial expressions, subtext,and the unspoken assumptions.I learned by mistakesand the shunningthat followed. To survive and be acceptedI refused to give up; I mastered them.Even though I despised …

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