True Friends

October 22, 2009
Sometimes I’m afraid,
Afraid they’ll discover,
Discover that it’s all lies,
Lies skillfully woven like a blanket.

Discover that my jokes,
My jokes are simple covers.
Discover that when I laugh,
When I laugh, I really want to cry.
Discover all the things I hate about them,
And hate me right back.
Discover that I have feelings,
Feelings that can be bruised.

Sometimes I’m afraid,
Afraid, but then I realize,
Realize I’m not afraid,
Not afraid, but hopeful.

Hopeful they will finally see,
See what has always been there.
Hopeful they will recognize,
Recognize all the signs.
Hopeful they will understand,
Understand what I endure.
Hopeful they will appreciate,
Appreciate the genuine me.

But all hope dies.
Dies because humans see,
Humans see not the truth,
Not the truth, but only what they want.

Then I’m safe,
Safe from being discovered,
Discovered and despised.
But I always wonder,
Wonder what would happen if,
If they met their undisguised friend.

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ShernayB. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jan. 30, 2010 at 8:41 am
I love this one.
I like how you constructed it.
Good job.
Keep Writing.
psycholinzmeier said...
Nov. 2, 2009 at 8:23 pm
this poem is true and if everyone could understand the world would be better.
great poem
rhodaboett This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Nov. 1, 2009 at 11:04 pm
This poem really speaks the truth. It helps me put my friendships in perspective
gkkogrrl14 said...
Oct. 30, 2009 at 4:32 pm
This is so true. I love it, thanks!
heaven said...
Oct. 28, 2009 at 12:48 pm
this is very good!!
Paig3Cagl3 said...
Oct. 28, 2009 at 11:32 am
I love the format of this poem. I like how you repeated all the fourth lines to catch the readers attention. Please check out my works that I have posted on here I think you would really enjoy it.
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