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Who am I?

There are layers upon layers.
Each layer a different me
Which layer is the real me?
I have forgotten. Who am I?

What about my masks?
The different ones I use.
A face devoid of truth.
Never displaying weakness.

I am complicated; fragmented.
Thousand of shattered pieces.
Some layers stitched; others glued.
And missing pieces in each layer.

You cannot see my layers.
Neither can I. Neither can I.
But I can peel off each layer.
Different masks overlapping.

Layer after layer striped off.
Mask after mask removed.
Yet another found beneath.
A stranger among strangers.

Am I Kindness; you see meanness.
I care; I help: hidden away.
I protect; I defend; not shown.
Always in control, mask in place.

Who am I?
Without my mask or layers.
Will you know me? I ask.
Or am I nobody to you.

By C.E. Pereira



I'm a Eurasian of Portuguese, English, Scottish and Malay heritage. And my extended family are of Chinese and Indian heritage. In recent years, the younger generation have added on to include spouses from the Philippines, Nigeria and Russia. My world is made up of different colours like the rainbow. And like the rainbow I am unique. Reading is my form of relaxation, to escape from the drudgery of daily life and enter into a world of the imagination. It is the love of reading that has led me to try my hand in writing short stories and poems. I hope that in some way my stories and poems will take you for a little while away from the drudgery of the present into the pages of imagination. To new friends found, I bid you, Welcome. Sincerely, C.E. Pereira

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