Wax Paper People

by Ben Samuels, age 11
Wax Paper People Ben Samuels is an avid reader, obsessive writer, and history buff. In his free time he has been known to enjoy a wide variety of books, ranging from Game of Thrones to The Catcher in the Rye. Known throughout his grade as a human dictionary and quiz extraordinaire, his most predominant hope is to one day open a bookstore of his own.

“Wax Paper People / Shake their heads at them / Them that wish to hide / Behind a Wax Paper Mask / Wax Paper People / Whose footsteps are adored / Whose movements are imitated / Whose lives are photographed”

 

Wax Paper People

Prancing in Hollywood

With bright, sunny colors

That wash off when they are done

 

Wax Paper People

Donning bright flashy masks

Vibrant, garish colors

Grasping hands reach in vain

 

Wax Paper People

Shake their heads at them

Them that wish to hide

Behind a Wax Paper Mask

 

Wax Paper People

Whose footsteps are adored

Whose movements are imitated

Whose lives are photographed

 

Wax Paper People

Insults bounce off their Wax Paper Skin

But not their flesh and blood

Which is weakened by underuse

 

Wax Paper People

Who look as they were shining

No one would dare challenge them

In all their celluloid glory

 

Wax Paper People

Who when they grow unhappy

Do the unthinkable

Rip their Wax Paper Masks

 

Wax Paper People

Their masks in tattered ruination

They sigh and shrug and walk away

And come back with a brand new mask

 

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