The Mask

October 11, 2009
They think they know who I am,
and exactly what I'll be.
They see the side I only expose,
instead of seeing the "real me".

But everything I hide away,
is hidden behind a mask.
Every feeling, thought, and smile
has been buried with my past.

So I put on my fake face,
and steady my broken voice.
I transform myself into a monster
and I do it without a choice.

My smile has no feeling
and my eyes are only hollow.
My sunshine has been chased away,
and the darkness is all I follow.

But one of these days I'll break free,
and they won't now me anymore!
They'll finally see the honest smile
that they haven't seen before.

And then I will leave them all behind
as I find myself that day.
I will be myself again,
when the mask finally goes away.

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AmazinGracey This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Sept. 15, 2014 at 2:28 pm
This is simply beautiful, I love your poems and I can relate to many of them. Thank you for sharing such beautiful words! Check out my work, and I've made sure to add you to my favorites. :) Hang in there
Nina171 said...
Dec. 12, 2012 at 4:18 pm
I love this so much and i describes me at the moment, thank you for writing such an amazing poem
why do u care said...
Apr. 30, 2012 at 8:13 am
it is good.
why do u care said...
Apr. 30, 2012 at 8:10 am
i like the metaphors itis good.
Rachel 90210 said...
Mar. 26, 2012 at 2:22 am


My name is Rachel and I'm from Dublin, Ireland. I really loved your poem and decided I wanted to do it for my drama exam. Unfortunately, my teacher wants me to know the author of the poem. I was just wondering if there would be any chance that I could get your name ( I would really appreciate it)!

By the way your poem was assessed externally, and they loved it! Well done ;)

ninjanessie said...
Mar. 8, 2012 at 1:11 pm
This is really good! its so true helps :)
KiaraRiki said...
Feb. 19, 2012 at 11:20 pm
I love this poem i so can relate to it nice job
PrincessSparkleStar said...
Dec. 28, 2011 at 6:50 pm
I loved this poem! it inspired me to write a poem with a similar message which I havent yet finished. Please look at my poem as well!!
dark_armor1This teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. said...
Nov. 16, 2011 at 2:51 pm
dude ur style of writting is JUST LIKE MINE lol like if u read my poems they look and say like the exact same thing!
forever-and-always said...
Nov. 1, 2011 at 6:06 pm
this is really god. i write things like this.everyone goes through this sooner or later.a lot go through it later.but the only thing thats breaking my mask is my boyfriend and its my senior year. so it's time to step up and shine
Lexie96 said...
Oct. 27, 2011 at 10:16 pm
This is so great, and it could not be more inspirational and true to life. If you have the time I would love to hear your opinion on my poem
tionashaylaR said...
Sept. 16, 2011 at 3:20 pm
duude. i absolutely love this. it is pretty deep and has a great flow, it sounds like something i would write, because i know the feeling
dreamer_believer replied...
Nov. 2, 2011 at 12:12 pm
thanks soo much! i'm glad you liked it :)
renni said...
Jun. 23, 2011 at 1:08 pm
beautiful, i love it.
madbunnymonique said...
May 10, 2011 at 7:30 pm
amazing i love it!!!
to.hold.the.sun This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Mar. 27, 2011 at 6:32 pm
Beautiful and uplifting.
dolphin13 said...
Mar. 27, 2011 at 3:25 pm
Very Nice! It was all very good except now should be know. Keep writing!
hanging_girl_666 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Mar. 19, 2011 at 5:59 pm
Thats one of those poems you go by thinking, " Nahh, it won't be as good. Sounds like the type of poem everybody else makes. " Then when you do read it you find out " This is one of a kind. ABsolutely amazing." This , i wish, i could've thought of. :)
dreamer_believer replied...
Nov. 2, 2011 at 12:13 pm
wow! thank you sooo much :) it always makes me happy to know that readers out there enjoy my work! thank you!! :)
i am rock said...
Feb. 11, 2011 at 8:36 am

that was a nice 1


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