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The Mask

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The Mask

I have grown accustomed,
To pretending not to care.
People search my face,
But emotion isn't there.

Everything I cared for,
Got taken out of spite,
So I took away the satisfaction,
The only way to fight.

But now I can't undo it,
I've tried to shed the mask,
I've tried to let myself shine through.
A nearly impossible task.

They never understand me,
Because I never showed the pain,
They now seem burdened with my feelings
So I must wear the mask for them.



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  1. Date: 2/10/2012 7:57:00 AM

    I truly enjoyed reading your wonderful poetry today Erica. I hope you have an amazing weekend. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 2/9/2012 1:27:00 PM

    Ohhhhh. This one gave me a chill~up the spine.From hiding the emotions for so long?I know what your writing about...Just let it out and be who you really are.You won't know unless you try. :o)

    Kearley Avatar Dan Kearley Date: 2/22/2012 3:26:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    It is quite difficult...I'm doing the same thing myself. But I'm trying to show them "This is me!"Accept it! But it is still so hard to do. :o)
    Gould Avatar Erica Gould Date: 2/13/2012 10:40:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you Dan! I was never allowed to have or show emotions . . so I learned to hide them. Now I find it hard letting the people in that I have spent a lifetime keeping out.
  1. Date: 2/9/2012 11:24:00 AM

    Erica, this is very deep and unique. An excellent write. Hugs, Gail