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the Mask of Frastus

What is the Mask of Frastus?
The low humor and odored puns
that he hides behind,
the greasepaint of adolescent snickering
to cover blemishes of pain
or cowardice - what does it mean?

Is it his real face,
painted to look like a mask,
a purloined letter face
hiding itself in itself?

Or is it a brown paper bag
with holes cut out for the eyes
and a red crayon mouth

Frastus doesn't know.
Why should you?