Strip off this mask, and all pretence
At confidence, and competence
Illusions of power and importance
Take off the guise, be vulnerable.
Pull off those clothes and trappings
Fabric of lies, proud wrappings
Relinquish fashion’s flappings
You are human underneath.
Go down to skin and honesty
The beauty of imperfection,
Down to the truth and liberty
Of owning who you are.
Release the weight of fitting in,
Conformity a heavy load,
Let go the need to be approved,
Rejoice in naked freedom.
Flay off the skin, all that is you,
The sense of self, the old, the new,
Tear away all you held true,
Let this sacrifice be brutal.
Strip away the tender layers
Identity no more than wares
Broken with tears, and with prayers
What else is there in you?
Go down to the bone, the last,
Splintering fragments of certainty.
Go further, to the heart, the guts
The entrails of your soul.
Life will dismantle you,
Journey though, and beyond pain,
Show the last spark
That is your core and essence.
Then you will know.