King Midas Reincarnate

I am King Midas reincarnate.

Though everything I touch
Does not turn to gold,

I wear a golden mask of pure bliss,
Happiness frozen into my face,
Perfection etched into my expression.

Everyone around me is happy too,
Perfectly, blissfully unable to feel pain;
And I have made them this way,
The responsibility solely mine.

I radiated what I imagined was blinding joy,
Though the feeling behind it less than sincere;
I thought I had fooled them all.
I tried my hardest to make sure
Everyone fell for the forced, happy version of myself.

I had more than a few to fool,
Many had seen me at less than my best.
They all had to believe I was perfect.
But there was one single person
Annoyingly too hard to trick.
Convincing myself proved the hardest of all.

I should have been as happy as I tried to display-
I had absolutely no reason
To be as miserable as I felt underneath.
Yet depression continued to threaten my façade,
Disintegrating the happy girl I desperately wanted to be.

So I made a wish to look perfect.
A wish to seem happy, blissful, carefree.
A wish to bring joy to all I touched,
So the elation belonged to more than just me.

Everyone around me
Was more lighthearted than ever before,
The wish came true in every sense.

The happy bliss contorted my face
And no one could see past my perfection.

For it concealed the darkness consuming me inside.





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TwasBrilling said...
Aug. 2, 2011 at 7:02 pm
Wow! The title of this piece caught my eye, and I just had to read it...I'm glad I did! Great poem!
 
GangstaEyes This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Aug. 3, 2011 at 10:00 am
I'm glad it caught your attention! :) Thanks for the comment!
 
hanging_girl_666 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jul. 9, 2011 at 11:45 pm
This is my favorite poem i've read on teenink so far. This REALLY SHOULD be in the magazine. NOT KIDDING>
 
GangstaEyes This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Jul. 11, 2011 at 4:19 pm
Wow. That is SUCH a compliment. Thank you from the bottom of my heart <3 :)
 
BrightBurningCampeador This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jun. 18, 2011 at 11:00 pm
Wow, I this is really good. I like the whole theme, and I like the wording, but it might flow better if you break up the lines, like instead of "I should have been as happy as I tried to display-" it could be be "I should been as happy / As I tried / To display" It makes it sound better when you say it aloud (at least that's my opinion :] ) and remember, poetry is meant to be said aloud.
 
GangstaEyes This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Jun. 19, 2011 at 7:36 pm
Thank you :) Yeah, I get what you're saying. Re-reading it aloud, it doesn't have that flow. Thanks for the comment!
 
alanacarlene said...
Feb. 5, 2011 at 10:04 am

Alexxxxxx!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :DDDDDDD long time no talk! I've missed you! Let's see....it's been maybe two minutes and i still have goosebumps from reading the ending!!!!

"The happy bliss contorted my face

And no one could see past my perfection.

For it concealed the darkness consuming me inside."

Just beautiful - a perfect ending! I'm speechless and congradulations again on getting into the magazine! :D I'm so excited for you! Love ya girl!

 
GangstaEyes This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Feb. 5, 2011 at 3:34 pm
Ahw! Thanks SO much Alana! I miss you too :) I didn't know if anyone would really get this poem cuz its kinda out there, but I felt it... Thank you times a million! Love you too :D 
 
alanacarlene replied...
Feb. 5, 2011 at 9:28 pm
Yea it's profound! i really like the title it's catchy!!!!!! I love saying it haah King Midas Reincarnate King Midas Reincarnate King Midas Reincarnate! lol LOVE IT
 
GangstaEyes This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Feb. 6, 2011 at 9:16 am
Haha :) Thanks :P
 
olican16 said...
Jan. 23, 2011 at 4:21 pm
AMAZING!! this is my favorite one by you!
 
GangstaEyes This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Feb. 2, 2011 at 9:52 pm
Aw thanks so much Livi :) I appreciate it a ton!
 
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