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The Mask

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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Boosflash This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jun. 28, 2010 at 1:52 pm
you're a singing them there sweet words and i'm just a'coming up the mountain, the moutain...coming up the mountain.....
 
tweety1ofakind said...
Jun. 20, 2010 at 8:22 pm
i absolutely love this !! i feel the exactly same way !! don't stop writing keep it up !!
 
ShenelleCrystalx3 said...
Jun. 18, 2010 at 4:23 pm

That was so good !  Don't ever stop  writing :)

Please come and check out my poems [comment or rate] Thank u

 
Authorgal98 said...
Jun. 16, 2010 at 1:33 pm
If only i could take off my mask.... lovely poem!
 
crawfordkid This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jun. 14, 2010 at 4:10 pm
This is an extremely relatable poem, and it carries a good rythm and smooth transition between stanzas.  Good job!
 
invisible13 said...
May 17, 2010 at 7:13 am
wow. i loved it. it says so much that i can relate with. it has great flow and rhythm. amazing. definitely keep writing. C.Y.L
 
invisible13 replied...
May 17, 2010 at 7:14 am
p.s: 5 starz
 
celloizmylife said...
May 15, 2010 at 9:36 am
This is awesome and i can really relate. Everyone can see the mental side of my personality, but I hide away my emotional side. And, on the rare occasions my pain slips out, no one notices that my mask has slid off.
 
HeronHero said...
May 11, 2010 at 3:11 pm
This is really cool, I agree that you could fill a book with your poems! That would be awesome. I love masks too, so that helps and as always great message!
 
dreamer_believer replied...
Nov. 2, 2011 at 12:16 pm
i would LOVE to someday publish my poems! i'm glad you like my stuff too :) thanks for the comment!
 
LiFiK said...
May 2, 2010 at 11:21 am
Dope stuff. I can relate... Makes it that much easier to read!
 
1Corinthians13:4_8 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Apr. 26, 2010 at 7:34 pm
so far every piece i've read has left me amazed. it's almost unbeliveable that this piece is coming from someone around my age. wow you could write a book full of your poems .. nnoo joke ! it's that good
 
dreamer_believer replied...
Nov. 2, 2011 at 12:17 pm
i'm so happy to hear you like my writing! one day i'll hopefully publish a book of poems :) thank you SOO much for your comment! check out some of my other stuff if you'd like :)
 
annexgrey This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Feb. 19, 2010 at 4:25 am
I love this poem. So much about identity and how often people change themselves for others and not so much for themselves.
Keep it up :)
 
***Rain*** said...
Jan. 23, 2010 at 4:06 pm
Wow. This is amazing. You have mad rhyming skills that I didnt know existed.
 
kiwi12 said...
Dec. 28, 2009 at 3:00 pm
like.... WOW. i can relate to this so much. thank you.
 
Baninabean This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Nov. 7, 2009 at 11:04 pm
This is great, it gives me a lot to think about identity. Keep writing.
 
SagaLiSela This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Nov. 5, 2009 at 4:31 pm
What an amazing piece! Good rhythm. It's almost song-like. <3
A nice shift in the poem with a clever conclusion.
 
bluemagnet22 said...
Nov. 5, 2009 at 2:57 pm
Wow! I enjoyed this poem alot... it kept my attention... vry nice:) i'd love ur opinion if u could read some of my stuff!
 
choirchic said...
Oct. 25, 2009 at 11:10 pm
that was amazing and true. our feelings make the best poetry next to broken hearts
 
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