October 14th, 2020

Oct 14, 2020

Image: Barbara Ryther

So Many Masks


Masks for Halloween.

Masks for Carnival.

Masks for mystery and surprise.


Starting as children we think masks are fun.

Yet the older we get the more practice we get with other masks.


Masks to hide our pride or our embarrassment

Masks to hide our envy or our boredom

Masks to hide our anger or our pain.


But the masks we wear today are different

These masks are not always fun but neither are they for hiding.


Lovingly hand sewn, improvised, or professional

With bright colors and patterns, wit and humor,slogans and symbols

Masks of all designs.


Strangers meet

We nod

Our eyes smile

Sometimes we shrug

As if to say “Isn’t this strange?”


This mask is for you

I don’t know you, but I am responsible for you

We are responsible for each other

I care about you

We care about each other 

Because if we didn’t, what would we care about?

Barbara Ryther