Masks: A poem by Shel Silverstein

I came across a beautiful poem by Shel Silverstein called “Masks”, that reminded me of how we can sometimes go through our whole lives pretending to be someone else, hoping to find like-minded souls but afraid to reveal our true selves.

Masks, by Shel Silverstein


She had blue skin,
And so did he.
He kept it hid
And so did she.
They searched for blue
Their whole life through.
Then passed right by–
And never knew.

I find the poem beautiful because of how it reflects a painful truth of my life, that so much of what I say and do is part of a show put up to others because that’s what I think should be, not what it really is.

I’m blue.

Are you?

9 thoughts on “Masks: A poem by Shel Silverstein

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  1. This is one of my favorite poems. It speaks of two people who try to hide their differences, but at the same time they try to find someone who is like them. “They passed right by- And never knew” means that because they hid behind their “masks” they never saw the beauty in each other.

  2. I love this poem too. It is such a painful truth for a lot of people. Its such a beautiful poem. Hits you right in the heart.

  3. Wow I have written this over a year ago the only thing is mine says purple not blue see here it is

    He had purple skin,
    And so did she.
    She kept it hid
    And so did he.
    They searched for purple
    Their whole life through.
    Then passed right by
    And never knew.

  4. I reflect upon this poem as two people who are afraid to show their true feelings to each other and then love is just lost. If you replace ‘blue skin’ and ‘blue’ into ‘love’, you’ll get what I mean..

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