While visiting Fallis for the second time during our Ghost Town feature, I stumbled upon this home right outside town. The sun was setting, and the only sounds were of a nearby oil wells gears creeking as it pumped. Upon entering the back door, I immediately felt scared and unsafe. I have been into many locations that are rumored to have ghosts or hauntings, but this place had a feeling that I am not used to feeling. I’m not a psychic or ghost hunter, but I got one of those being watched feelings while here. The poem written on the wall is an excerpt from Paul Lawrence Dunbar’s most famous poem “We Wear the Mask”.
The poem in full:
We Wear the Mask
WE wear the mask that grins and lies,
It hides our cheeks and shades our eyes,—
This debt we pay to human guile;
With torn and bleeding hearts we smile,
And mouth with myriad subtleties.
Why should the world be over-wise,
In counting all our tears and sighs?
Nay, let them only see us, while
We wear the mask.
We smile, but, O great Christ, our cries
To thee from tortured souls arise.
We sing, but oh the clay is vile
Beneath our feet, and long the mile;
But let the world dream otherwise,
We wear the mask!
-Paul Laurence Dunbar (1872-1906)
For an analysis of the poems meaning Click Here.