Ruth Negga is credited with the statement, “You become an actor, some people do, not everybody, to hide and disappear and I worry sometimes, ‘Gosh, doing this circuit, as they call it, is very much presenting yourself to the world’, and that can be a little intimidating for actors who basically like to hide.” This really struck a chord in me. Sometimes I take for granted that artistic expression will be used to explain aspects of the artist. This is not always the case. Extend Ruth’s characterization of “actor” to “writer” and then to “blogger”. Social media is an avenue for either revealing the self or hiding the self behind a screen of bland mutterings or disingenuous cheerfulness. My poem “Binding Words” examines the path of a person hiding in their expression. The stanzas demonstrate the price that’s paid in the effort.
I’ll hide behind these binding words make pretend I’m something else a shadow of the inner mind heart and soul concealed in prose
deceit is not my base intent when shame states its desire wishing nothing to deface perception based on purity
blessings showered from above nothing ill has occurred this will be the message sent when honesty has been replaced
this temptation does exist it’s not lying to remit all the pain felt within to only show the shiny bits
I’ll chain the muse to my will deny it breadth of my self scratching only joy and bliss in prosaic latitudes
presentation is obscured with only best brought forward my defense cloaks the hurt a wounded person binding words