The Man in the Iron Mask



When you look at my picture,
What do you see?
A man of means, and of wealth?
Yes! in good health.
My posture exudes such pride,
Nothing to hide.

Educated in top schools,
I am no fool.
However, there is a truth.
Known by the sleuth.
I am a man of no means.
So poor, it seems.

I use my master's best clothes
To feel big, bold.
The garbs help me with my task.
A goodly mask;
Made only of perception,
Oh deception!

This disguise, like a prison.
Don't want freedom.
Trapped by my dreams of success
This is my best.
Now jailed by wishful thinking
My life, stinking.

Like the story of the man,
His face hidden.
Covered by an iron mask.

This poem is an Ekphrasis

About this poem

Poem about a person betrayed by their personal projection and portrayal.

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Written on December 10, 2022

Submitted by therefinedpoet on December 10, 2022

Modified by therefinedpoet on April 14, 2023

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Scheme XABBCC XXDDXX XXEEFF FXXXGG XFE A
Closest metre Iambic trimeter
Characters 685
Words 160
Stanzas 6
Stanza Lengths 6, 6, 6, 6, 3, 1

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