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Hiding the hurt,
Hiding the pain,
Hiding the tears that fall like rain.
Saying I’m fine when I’m anything but,
This ache in my soul rips at my gut.
My skin is on fire,
I burn from within,
This calm on my face is an ongoing sin.
The world must stay out,
I’ve built up a wall,
My fragile lie will collapse should it ever fall.
Loneliness consumes me,
It eats away the years,
Until my life is swallowed by unending fears.
Waiting for someone to see I wear a mask,
And care enough to remove it,
Is that too much to ask?
I can never let out again the misery I hide,
To hell with my dignity,
To hell with my pride.
From this day forward and forever more,
I will mount this mask that will be my lore.
No reaching out when I am weak,
No love will I seek.
When you look for answers,
When you say your prayers,
All you will is is masks,
And the pain that I bare.

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