When I was young I could not see
That there was any way to be
The real person I am inside.
It wouldn’t do; I’d have to hide.
Now I see it is my task:
Imagine life without the mask,
To be each day as best I can
That real person I know I am.
This means in truth that I would be
Daily naked for all to see.
Like hermit crabs inside their shells
We each of us protect ourselves
The core inside remains the same
Hidden safe and free from shame.
Only lovers can bear to be
Exposed to each other, in honesty.