Masks Under Masks Under Masks (for Halloween…and otherwise).

Via Jay Winston
on Oct 26, 2010
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It’s just Halloween.
I have my Bob Dylan mask on.

Bob Dylan

Yeah everybody wear the mask but how long will it last…

It’s the week before Halloween.
Got my Yoga for Cynics mask on…

I wear masks under masks…under masks under masks…until I don’t know myself where they end…or begin, for that matter…or which mask is doing the thinking about it…or if there’s anything underneath at all…or if that’s really a problem.

Maybe, a different perspective is required, coming, perhaps, from a different mask—they turn different ways, work in both directions…some cool like Bogart, others sputtering like Don Knotts…and all look different to others than they do to me.

People say I’m laid-back, even happy-go-lucky. Once, long ago, a close friend for years said she couldn’t imagine me angry, when it seemed I’d been positively seething for all the years I’d known her.

More recently, a very smart older gentleman I didn’t know so personally said I was so up-beat he couldn’t imagine me depressed or unhappy about anything. Then, I suspect that wily old coot may have known more than he let on, seeing through my masks and telling me through his own up-beat and genial mask that he wasn’t buying it.

But what if those masks are actually the deeper ones…and rage, hurt, and reflexive irony  merely thin, crinkly layers of onion skin, waiting to be sloughed off?


About Jay Winston

Jay S. Winston, founder and proprietor of Yoga for Cynics (, has a PhD in English, making him the kind of doctor who, in case of life-threatening emergency, can explain Faulkner while you die, is currently (semi-)(un-)employed as a freelance writer and editor, teaches creative writing to homeless men, tutors recovering addicts in reading, was recently certified as a Kripalu yoga teacher, gets around mostly by bicycle, is trying to find an agent for his novel, resides in the bucolic Mt. Airy neighborhood of Philadelphia, State of Mildly Inebriated Samadhi, U.S.A. and, like most people who bike and practice yoga, used to live in Boulder.


4 Responses to “Masks Under Masks Under Masks (for Halloween…and otherwise).”

  1. Ben Ralston says:

    Actually knowing that you wear a mask is a big step towards taking it off.

  2. Randall Smith says:

    1 Giant Leap summed it up for me…still holds true…:

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