The night of the cheerful dead

On this
night – you must
paint, cover and hide

your true face
and that self
that old, dead
capable spirits
know

They are abroad
today – to walk
with them, you must
colour your face

so they do not
recognise you

As the living

at first they pretend
to be the cheerful
dead

I will leave it like that
to protect – my living

face

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