Due to a recent government edict, approximately 5 million Australians must wear masks whenever they leave the house. We wear a mask because we’re told That COVID has us in its hold, And if outside we dare appear Without this prophylactic gear Authorities will slap a fine Because we failed to toe the line— __We wear a mask! ‘But what’s the difference now?’ you ask, And take me, rightly, straight to task By pointing out that well before We ever faced this social war The population, by and large, Remained impassive to each charge— __They wore a mask! There are, in fact, two masks we bear: The one we show, the one we wear. The last is easy to remove Though passers-by may not approve; The first has neither strap nor gauze, Yet leaves us mute to leftist laws. __Defy the mask! David Watt is a writer from Canberra, the “Bush Capital” of Australia. He has contributed regularly to Collections of Poetry and Prose by Robin Barratt. When not working for IP (Intellectual Property) Australia, he finds time to appreciate the intrinsic beauty of traditional rhyming poetry.