A mask or a memory?

A mask or a memory?

A Poem by Courtney Hough
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I PLEAD WITH YOU...to understand this. It’s a very real thing.

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A mask or a memory?

Such troubling times,
In this world we live.
You all scoff at us,
But we still forgive.

Some say “that’s not real.”
“Stop being selfish.”
I want you to really see,
But it’s only a wish.

“Why aren’t you wearing a mask?”
She says, “I have a medical condition.”
Doesn’t want further questions,
Leave it be and listen.

She really cannot breath,
And let me tell you why.
The mask is the hand,
She remembers her attacker by.

It’s always random,
He still haunts her.
Your face is covered,
But your eyes match her monster.

She begins to breath harder,
Like his weights on her body.
And the store morphs to a memory,
Something so ungodly.

While you belittle her,
She’s starting to get worse.
“Be quiet.” Hand over her mouth,
You made her relive this curse.

With every question,
Of “where’s your mask?”
Or “Don’t you care about me?”
Was the same question she will never ask.

So when you see us in the store,
Do not just assume.
Because we live daily with our monsters,
And we don’t need reminded from you.

© 2020 Courtney Hough


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Very good rhythm and rhyme!

Posted 2 Months Ago


This is incredibly powerful....and so timely. You really grabbed my attention here.



Posted 9 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Courtney Hough

8 Months Ago

Thankyou for your open mind!
For all we "think" we deal only to find out fear is just a breath away...

Posted 10 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

In this one size fits all world, sometimes we don’t stop to consider things such as this. We are quick to judge, quick to temper and usually not walking the walk anyway. Great and brave social comment and great writing.

Posted 10 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Courtney Hough

10 Months Ago

That’s exactly right. It’s so easy to see someone who’s not able to do something as wrong isn�.. read more
Wow! I thought at first this was just a poem about the importance of wearing a mask. As someone who can't wear a mask in public areas, I could relate to this in some aspects (Not the hand part) I really dearly hope this is not a poem about your own experiences, if it is though, I'm glad you wrote it out to let off some steam and I hope you are doing better now. Keep writing and have a great Thanksgiving!

Posted 11 Months Ago


Courtney Hough

10 Months Ago

Thanks so much for reviewing! Unfortunately it is. But there are a few of us who’ve been attacked .. read more
Kay/Hayden

10 Months Ago

Aw, I really hope you are doing better now, and also your baby looks adorable! c;
such powerful write here, nicely done and well expressed

Posted 1 Year Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Courtney Hough

1 Year Ago

Thanks so much!:)
I love your poem ,
I love your honesty
Brave and powerful words
I didn't know that wearinf a mask now can send you to those memories you and other girls would try to forget

Posted 1 Year Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Courtney Hough

1 Year Ago

That’s exactly why I wrote it! People don’t know and start attacking others. I’m so glad you l.. read more

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