I took off the mask and looked in the mirror.
I was the same child I was a year ago.
I hadn’t changed at all . . .
That’s the advantage of knowing how to remove your mask.
You’re still the child,
The past that lives on,
I took off my mask, and I put it back on.
It’s better this way.
This way I’m the mask.
And I return to normality as to a streetcar terminus.
11 August 1934
— Álvaro de Campos (Fernando Pessoa)