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Practice before a mirror,
Rehearse that winning smile.
This is the only version, now
You can paint me for a while.

This is the only me there is,
A grin from ear to ear.
I would not want to lead you on,
For you would see my fear.

My fear is this, and this is true.
I am a hypocrite, and you
Can scold me if you want, and leer,
But please, do not share my fear.

I practice in front of mirrors,
Try on different smiles for size.
What you hear are chuckles and laughs
And you don’t hear my sighs.

This is what I want, oh yes.
Why should you know what’s genuine?
The real me is not what’s best.
So I keep the role I fill in.

This is the only version,
Tied up and ready to go.
You can paint me for a while, now.
That’s all you’ll ever know.



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marinashutup This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Sept. 4, 2010 at 11:50 pm
I loved the first stanza and the last two lines. "You can paint me for awhile, now. That's all you'll ever know." Really nice.
 
ramberryshakes said...
Aug. 26, 2010 at 1:39 pm
ahah , i will . i think it's a beautiful poem , with the emotions painted very successfully through your words . your imagery is powerful . i love the line : "The real me is not what's best. / So I keep the role I fill in." the positive comments you get for all your work are very well-earned . (: kudos on writing this .
 
EleanorRigby This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
May 25, 2010 at 4:29 pm
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