Category Archives: Dunbar Paul Laurence

We Wear the Mask by Paul Laurence Dunbar

We wear the mask that grins and lies, It hides our cheeks and shades our eyes,— This debt we pay to human guile; With torn and bleeding hearts we smile, And mouth with myriad subtleties. Why should the world be … Continue reading

Posted in Dunbar Paul Laurence | Tagged , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

The Debt by Paul Laurence Dunbar

This is the debt I payJust for one riotous day,Years of regret and grief,Sorrow without relief. Pay it I will to the end —Until the grave, my friend,Gives me a true release —Gives me the clasp of peace. Slight was … Continue reading

Posted in Dunbar Paul Laurence | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments