The Mask

June 8, 2012
[First Verse]
I wear a mask
But you wouldn’t know
It doesn’t dance in light or shimmer or glow
My mask is unique, you see
It blends perfectly into my face

Every morning I inch out of my bed
Tryin to find a way out of my head

Cause every step forwards feels like
One more step backwards and I
Know what I'm supposed to do, but
Somehow it’s easier to
Put on the mask
That tries to hide the emptiness inside

When everyone
Seems to be laughing
I rely on my mask to
Force out a smile
Sometimes I wonder if it
Really fools everyone here

All through the day I am hiding inside
This cover up I call my mask


Only when I am home does the mask come off
And only when I'm alone can I think my thoughts
And every time I break it off it chips away at
A little more of me
A little more of who I should be

When every step forwards feels like
One more step backwards it gets
Hard to do what’s right
And I am losing fight
But you wouldn’t know
Because I wear a mask

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WindDancer said...
Sept. 22, 2012 at 9:06 am
I really like this. It's very relatable. Keep writing!!
NatureWriter This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Sept. 16, 2012 at 7:47 pm
I really like the message of this poem, I think a lot of people could relate to this. I know for certain that I never show my true self around others and I'm sure many others feel the same. Great Poem! Keep writing!
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