Do not wear your own face.
Wear a mask
Which exactly resembles your face
Tell them it is a mask.
Let them speculate
What beauty or horror it conceals.
Do not give your own heart.
Make a piñata
In the precise shape of your heart.
Tell them it is fragile.
Let them break it
And watch their own lost dreams spill out.
Do not speak in your own voice.
Echo your mother
Or an old lover or a woman in Tesco.
Tell them nothing.
Let them wonder
Whose voice whispers danger in the dark.
Notes: The prompt was to write a ‘How To’. This got dark quickly…