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The Mask

October 11, 2009
By jennee21_ann GOLD, Helper, Utah
jennee21_ann GOLD, Helper, Utah
17 articles 0 photos 568 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Don't gain the world and lose your soul....wisdom is better than silver or gold."

"You can always close a book, but you can never close the mind of a writer."

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.

The author's comments:
Finding out who you really are is a big part of growing up. This poem was written to describe how you can be a totally different person than the one you really show.

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on Sep. 16 2011 at 3:20 pm
alohagirl7 GOLD, Klawock, Alaska
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"no guy is worth your tears but the one who is wont make u cry"
"your just a guy, nothing more and nothing less"

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

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on Jun. 23 2011 at 1:08 pm
renni SILVER, Crete, Illinois
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Favorite Quote:
Sometimes, that girl who seems so strong, who never lets what people say bother her, who smiles and laughs with her friends all the time, is really the girl who, deep down, is falling to pieces.

beautiful, i love it.

on May. 10 2011 at 7:30 pm
AndySixxLover GOLD, Weatherford, Texas
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Favorite Quote:
These violent delights have violent ends and in there triumph die like fire and powder in witch their kiss consume

amazing i love it!!!

on Mar. 27 2011 at 6:32 pm
to.hold.the.sun SILVER, Maryville, Tennessee
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Favorite Quote:
"You spend your whole life stuck in the labyrinth, thinking about how you'll escape it one day, and how awesome it will be, and imagining that future keeps you going, but you never do it. You just use the future to escape the present." -John Green

Beautiful and uplifting.

on Mar. 27 2011 at 3:25 pm
dolphin13 BRONZE, North St. Paul, Minnesota
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Very Nice! It was all very good except now should be know. Keep writing!

on Mar. 19 2011 at 5:59 pm
TheHangingGirl BRONZE, Winter Haven, Florida
1 article 1 photo 250 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Poets utter great and wise things that they themselves can not comprehend."

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. :)

i am rock said...
on Feb. 11 2011 at 8:36 am

that was a nice 1


on Jan. 11 2011 at 8:03 pm
sunnyhunny PLATINUM, Litchfield, New Hampshire
22 articles 3 photos 329 comments

Favorite Quote:
"An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind."

Wow, nice job!  I've felt this way before too.

on Jan. 10 2011 at 11:14 pm
xBaByGiRrL22x PLATINUM, Pearl River, New York
22 articles 0 photos 280 comments

Favorite Quote:
"The goal isn't to live forever, but create something that will."
"If you wanna go, baby let's go; if you wanna rock, I'm ready to roll.''
"No one ever said it'd be easy. They just said it'd be worth it." <3

incrediblee. enoughh saidd:D

on Nov. 14 2010 at 9:11 pm
sillywillysooz GOLD, Grantsville, Utah
15 articles 60 photos 10 comments

Favorite Quote:
"never let the fear of striking out, ever keep you from playing the game"

this is so AMAZING!!

FunFace GOLD said...
on Oct. 23 2010 at 10:17 am
FunFace GOLD, Washington, District Of Columbia
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Favorite Quote:
"Z is for zed which is for fred which is for harry potter which is for couldron, DUH" -My friend and I

 is really amazing, i know everyone is saying this but i want you to know how much support you have.  this si how i often feel and i think everyone out there feels like thehave  mask on somtimes.

jasso GOLD said...
on Sep. 30 2010 at 9:54 am
jasso GOLD, Damascus, Other
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Favorite Quote:
courge dose not always roar, Sometimes courge is a quiet voice at the end of the day saying : i will try again tomorrow

i like it

i love the title the most !!!

plz try commenting on my stuff too!!

on Sep. 10 2010 at 10:36 am
GreenLover SILVER, Anaheim, California
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Favorite Quote:
Time is but a number

wow that was really nice i loved it.... i can relate to it.. i wrote a poem lik dis well its the same concept .. anywayz i loved it ..great job :)

hope you can check out some of my work

on Sep. 8 2010 at 7:49 am
pnkninja11 BRONZE, Partlow, Virginia
2 articles 0 photos 27 comments
I feel like I can connect with this poem. When I read this poem it brought me back to when I was in middle school and beginning of high school. But then it later changed. I no longer wear the mask anymore.

on Sep. 3 2010 at 8:53 pm
Bookwormwriter SILVER, Centerville, Ohio
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oh my gosh that was one of the best!  excelent positive self....  okay, never mind.  i forgot the word.  anyway, i loved it!  great feelign behind the words.

on Aug. 19 2010 at 6:22 pm
avantgarde GOLD, Stillwater, Minnesota
10 articles 0 photos 13 comments

Favorite Quote:
I write for the same reason I breathe...because if I didn't I would die. --Isaac Asimov

This is beautiful poem! The imagery is stunning!


However, this is not a real sonnet. Sonnets have 10 syllables per line and follow an ababcdcdefefgg pattern.


Excluding that, well done!

on Aug. 14 2010 at 8:59 pm
kiwi12 PLATINUM, Austin, Texas
28 articles 10 photos 365 comments
ok, so i've commented on this already, but i'm doing it again. I love this poem! you area fantastic writer!

on Aug. 1 2010 at 7:59 pm
cheyenneduhon PLATINUM, Lumberton, Texas
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So i commented on "Forever Regrets" and this poem i feel also relates to that ex-best friend i had. I have been holding back from letting my feelings out about her on paper, but now i see that i dont need to write about how i feel about her, when i read your writing, and its like you are showing the world for me. haha, this is really great.

on Jul. 29 2010 at 9:31 pm
waywithwords GOLD, Forest Hill, Maryland
16 articles 0 photos 32 comments

Favorite Quote:
~~Isn't it funny how the most important things in life aren't things?~~

this is a complete and utter masterpiece! definitely in my top 3 favorite poems on this website!

on Jul. 17 2010 at 12:16 am
peacemaker14 SILVER, Hubbard, Oregon
6 articles 2 photos 38 comments

Favorite Quote:
"in my life I've learned that growing up is hard and head banging is crucial"- hayley williams

wow that was a good poem I absolutley love it tis good beacause everyone including myself has a mask that is really hard to take off