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FLESH MASK

This shroud of darkness rests comfortably
On shoulders burdened with guilt and regret
But you can't see, do not know
The real me of empathy bereft

So I wear this flesh mask
To hide the ugliness beneath
The devil and me
THE DEVIL AND ME
So I wear this flesh mask
Disguise the bitterness beneath
The devil and me
THE DEVIL AND ME

This cowl of madness rests so contently
On this dead skull longing to reinvent
Things you can't see, never know
The real me of apathy intent

So I wear this flesh mask
To hide the ugliness beneath
The devil and me
THE DEVIL AND ME
So I wear this flesh mask
Disguise the bitterness beneath
The devil and me
THE DEVIL AND ME

And now I peel away
Layers of foundation
To reveal
Labors of damnation
And now I rip my skin
Gobbets of mutation
To unveil
Godless creation

So I wear this flesh mask
To hide the ugliness beneath
The devil and me
THE DEVIL AND ME
So I wear this flesh mask
Disguise the bitterness beneath
The devil and me
THE DEVIL AND ME




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2024 Frank Green
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