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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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LastChapter said...
on Jul. 12 2010 at 8:49 pm
LastChapter, Hempstead, New York
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Favorite Quote:
(couldn't think of anything better at the time) "Take the first step in faith. You don't have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step."-Dr.Martin Luther King Jr.

super amazin'! something i think a lot of people can relate to! you have a lot of talent!

on Jul. 6 2010 at 12:37 pm BRONZE, Raymondville, Texas
1 article 0 photos 2 comments

Favorite Quote:
"That which doesnt kill me,, will only make me stronger."

wow dis poem is wonderful :) it means alot becuz i feel the same way.!! i also feel tho...dat its up to us to take that mask off n sho our tru selves.!! dis poem was great.!! keep it up!! :) :)

Sliva23 BRONZE said...
on Jul. 5 2010 at 8:35 am
Sliva23 BRONZE, Melbourne, Other
3 articles 0 photos 58 comments

Favorite Quote:
Love to faults is always blind, always is to joy inclined. Lawless, winged, and unconfined, and breaks all chains from every mind.

It made me feel cold inside....and i actually realised that thats me....i never really show anyone that funny and wild side because im scared that my parents wont approve

on Jun. 28 2010 at 1:52 pm
Boosflash DIAMOND, Papillion, Nebraska
55 articles 0 photos 2066 comments

Favorite Quote:
What the front door.

you're a singing them there sweet words and i'm just a'coming up the mountain, the moutain...coming up the mountain.....

on Jun. 20 2010 at 8:22 pm
tweety1ofakind BRONZE, Magnolia, Mississippi
1 article 0 photos 10 comments

Favorite Quote:
\" You Must Be The Change That You Want To See \"

i absolutely love this !! i feel the exactly same way !! don't stop writing keep it up !!

on Jun. 18 2010 at 4:23 pm
ShenelleCrystal SILVER, M, New York
7 articles 0 photos 186 comments

Favorite Quote:
Laugh your heart out dance in the rain cherish the memories ignore the pain love + learn forget and forgive because remember you only have [one life to live] ♥

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

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

on Jun. 16 2010 at 1:33 pm
Authorgal98 GOLD, Frankort, Illinois
17 articles 0 photos 194 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Let your mind sart a journey through a strange new world..."

If only i could take off my mask.... lovely poem!

on Jun. 14 2010 at 4:10 pm
Karma_Chameleon SILVER, English, Indiana
8 articles 0 photos 236 comments

Favorite Quote:
To be able to say "I love you" one must first be able to say "I" - Ayn Rand

This is an extremely relatable poem, and it carries a good rythm and smooth transition between stanzas.  Good job!

on May. 17 2010 at 7:14 am
invisible13 GOLD, Gobles, Michigan
14 articles 0 photos 56 comments

Favorite Quote:
there is nothing so common as the wish to be remarkable

p.s: 5 starz

on May. 17 2010 at 7:13 am
invisible13 GOLD, Gobles, Michigan
14 articles 0 photos 56 comments

Favorite Quote:
there is nothing so common as the wish to be remarkable

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

on May. 15 2010 at 9:36 am
celloizmylife PLATINUM, Atlanta, Georgia
27 articles 0 photos 72 comments

Favorite Quote:
Around here, however, we don't look backwards for very long.
We keep moving forward, opening up new doors and doing new things, because we're curious.....And curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.
-Walt Disney

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.

on May. 11 2010 at 3:11 pm
AlexandraVasari PLATINUM, Fort Stewart, Georgia
28 articles 4 photos 174 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Writing songs is super intimate. It's a bit like getting naked"~ Gwen Stefani

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!

LiFiK GOLD said...
on May. 2 2010 at 11:21 am
LiFiK GOLD, Houston, Texas
10 articles 0 photos 5 comments

Favorite Quote:
We Learn More From Failure Than We Do Success;
Turn Your Wounds Into Wisdom

Dope stuff. I can relate... Makes it that much easier to read!

brie13 GOLD said...
on Apr. 26 2010 at 7:34 pm
brie13 GOLD, Sparks, Nevada
11 articles 0 photos 44 comments

Favorite Quote:
What is the meaning of life? -- To live ( Mr.Swigart- Bio Teacher)

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

on Feb. 19 2010 at 4:25 am
taintedannex GOLD, Hong Kong, Other
15 articles 5 photos 166 comments

Favorite Quote:
The truth is that at some point, everyone's going to hurt you. You just have to decide who's worth the pain.

Some say having something to lose is what makes you vulnerable. I believe that having something to lose only makes you stronger.

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 :)

on Jan. 23 2010 at 4:06 pm
VampiericRain GOLD, Amarillo, Texas
12 articles 0 photos 137 comments

Favorite Quote:
Would you like a side of epic with that fail?

Wow. This is amazing. You have mad rhyming skills that I didnt know existed.

on Dec. 28 2009 at 3:00 pm
kiwi12 PLATINUM, Austin, Texas
28 articles 10 photos 365 comments
like.... WOW. i can relate to this so much. thank you.

on Nov. 7 2009 at 11:04 pm
NinaFarryn SILVER, Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina
5 articles 28 photos 24 comments
This is great, it gives me a lot to think about identity. Keep writing.

on Nov. 5 2009 at 4:31 pm
SagaLiSela PLATINUM, Boonsboro, Maryland
27 articles 27 photos 85 comments

Favorite Quote:
"I love you."

Simple as that.

Or not that simple.

What an amazing piece! Good rhythm. It's almost song-like. <3

A nice shift in the poem with a clever conclusion.

on Nov. 5 2009 at 2:57 pm
bluemagnet22 PLATINUM, Dearborn Hts, Michigan
24 articles 16 photos 644 comments

Favorite Quote:
You were born an origanal why die a copy?The secret to success is the consistency to pursue.To the world you may be one person,but to one person you may be the world.To receive the right answer,you must ask the right question.Don't worry be happy! :)

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!