Disposable Identities

One forgotten in elementary school
and six disbanded as a teen,
a handful for college,
and one made ready for whoever will hire –
some brought about just to scam out a deal
and others dredged up on special occasions –
nights on the town,
days on the lake,
such a fine and flimsy collection
these paper masks,
never look to closely or you may see
the edges torn,
the paint grotesque.

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