The Mask – Ryan Smith

What happens to a dream deferred?

Does it become the shredded pieces of a little brown girl?

Does it hide itself in a masquerade of fragmented truths?

Or does it mask the identity of stolen youth?

Does it become a pain to deep to express?

Does it become the shrinkage of a queen wanting to live less and less?

What happens to a dream deferred?

Does it peel itself away from the face, speechless, without a word?

It becomes the cries of a soul wrapped in defeat.

A half told truth, that beneath the eyes retreat.

It becomes the senseless hurt of a little brown girl who knows she must give birth.

What happens to a dream deferred?

It becomes a woman, torn, living between two worlds.

-Ryan Smith

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