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If you really knew me -

I could be charming and witty and sweet
I could tell you things that make you think
I’m something special, the perfect one
Like I’ve nothing to hide, I never do wrong
But if I do this, and you call me friend,
We’ll both feel very alone, in the end

It’s hard for me to open up and share
My deepest thoughts, my hopes and fears
My past mistakes, the things I’ve done
That I’d rather bury and show to no one
It’s tempting to disguise the authentic me
But true to myself, I have to be

I could put up a kind of façade
And have you think I’m something I’m not
I could say all the things that you want to hear
I could stroke your ego and tickle your ears
Just so you’ll like me and stay in my life
Just so I won’t feel so empty inside

But what’s the point in a false pretense
When what develops isn’t true friendship
It wouldn’t be real, if I pretend to be
Someone who is so much better than me
I don’t think it would do much for my pride
If who I am to you is based on a lie

I realize that I’m risking everything
I risk being judged if you don’t like what you see 
Before you see clearly and understand 
Before you get to know who I really am 
But someday I’ll have to face what we’ve got
I’d rather know now, if you’ll accept me, or not

So I wear my heart out on my sleeve
and admit I’m not perfect, but I have to be me
Can you see inside me? Can you see my heart?
Can you love the things that set me apart?
Do you want to turn and walk away?
Or are you willing to take a chance on me, and stay

See, I’d rather you know how much I’m flawed  
Than to have you in love with my façade 

© Rebecca L ~ 2013



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  1. Date: 3/4/2014 8:10:00 AM

    This is so perfect, I really enjoyed reading it again. Thanks for commenting on some of my poems, it means a lot to me Becca.

  1. Date: 2/6/2014 12:35:00 AM

    Wow. This is lovely. I've saved it on my tab already so I can read it as often as I want. You are good. Keep it up

  1. Date: 1/22/2014 7:55:00 AM

    My wife is doing taking an on line course and part of it flows around accepting and giving yourself permission to not be perfect. This poem would be perfect for the class.

  1. Date: 1/16/2014 2:46:00 AM

    A most honest and commendable piece! Simply beautiful!

  1. Date: 10/28/2013 2:25:00 PM

    I must agree with the comments below....I can't tell you enough of how awesome you are.. Very talented. A BEAUTIFUL poem written here!!

  1. Date: 10/16/2013 6:24:00 PM

    You are very good. I like your poetry. I read: Behind the Veil, Sleepless Nights, and this one. I'm only commenting on this one because, I'm a one finger typist. Really slow.

  1. Date: 10/15/2013 5:59:00 PM

    This is so, so beautifully written, Becca. A fav for me.

  1. Date: 10/15/2013 10:20:00 AM

    Ur honesty in your peom speaks to alot of people. very great read. I really like!

  1. Date: 10/12/2013 8:39:00 PM

    Luv ya friend..just like ya are....I'm sure no angel....but try to be a good person...and I know youare....this honest poem shows it....enjoyed your sweet poem....

  1. Date: 10/10/2013 2:21:00 PM

    nice write..be real. Enjoyed reading...TAH

  1. Date: 10/10/2013 9:22:00 AM

    Stay true to self, people will abuse the canvas when they paint you! I like the message in this write... Strong piece!

  1. Date: 10/10/2013 8:11:00 AM

    Good morning Becca, you are still in my prayers. I hope you are making a quick recovery. Hugs Rick.

  1. Date: 10/7/2013 11:43:00 PM

    Girl; This is a master piece. It will go to my favs. It is always better to be ourselves. Thanks for sharing.... Lucilla

  1. Date: 10/7/2013 9:47:00 AM

    Becca....I love that you wear your heart on your sleeve and your flaws make you the wonderful and unique person and poet you are. Hugs

  1. Date: 10/2/2013 7:48:00 PM

    ~Soup Mail~

  1. Date: 10/1/2013 3:30:00 PM

    Stay as you are..You need no fancy words to impress..You don t need to pretend to be a better person cause your honesty makes you the better person.Dear friend there is so much to love about you..Being humble enough to realize you re human enough to not be perfect is so special in a being.Who is perfect in this world?And if we were this world would be so boring.A Sinciere piece going to my favs.Do you consider reading it on drake s show?Touched my heart

  1. Date: 10/1/2013 6:29:00 AM

    Becca! What can I say you are truely a very good poet I admirer your work. Excellent poetry poet. Honesty is hard when you don't care about the other person, but when you do it because easier.

  1. Date: 9/30/2013 2:43:00 PM

    Honesty is the prelude to love! We have to stick to it and we will be the winners in the long run! A beautiful soul searching poem! Wonderfully done!

  1. Date: 9/30/2013 2:12:00 PM

    Hi Becca, A sensitive and honest write well done from the heart..Thanks for stopping by my verse.. Ken

  1. Date: 9/29/2013 3:14:00 PM

    Well said dear Becca. I'm back !

  1. Date: 9/29/2013 5:00:00 AM

    Hi Becca, this is well done - the vanity of pretenses always showcases itself in the end. It is best to remain you and I can say, I, for one I'm not complaining about who you are, your compassion and thoughtfulness is what brings happiness to others. Thank you for being you.

  1. Date: 9/28/2013 10:06:00 PM

    Applause for this. Gaining strength & renewal from awareness of your vulnerabilities. How many need a lesson in this. Awesome.

  1. Date: 9/28/2013 9:52:00 PM

    Wow... a very honest and well-written poem. Going to my favorites

  1. Date: 9/28/2013 6:01:00 PM

    You have to open up to let people see inside. And sometimes that is hard. If you are an introvert (as I) then letting people in is hard. Just remember that no one is perfect. Everyones life is a mess (no matter what they say). They are human and it is part of that condition that make us doubt ourselves. Your a good person. ~Kilmer ....PS great write.

  1. Date: 9/28/2013 5:57:00 PM

    Soup mail...

  1. Date: 9/28/2013 5:53:00 PM

    So, let me get this right Becca, you're saying you're not perfect lol, but doesn't the honesty of admitting it make you so. Take care, Richard

  1. Date: 9/28/2013 5:37:00 PM

    Right on Becca! you are absolutly perfect being you. This goes to favorites my dear! You are most certainly appreciated and celebrated.

  1. Date: 9/28/2013 2:54:00 PM

    I like you for who you are Becca, and I see your true colors within your poetry and you're beautiful! You have a heart of gold and it shines! This is a totally awesome poem here my friend! You have delighted me by the splendor of this incredible piece! What a brilliant verse! Great Work!!

  1. Date: 9/28/2013 1:37:00 PM

    Becca, this is a a great example of writing deep from the heart and it shows! So much truth and realness . A beautiful gem ! Now tell us all of your darkest secrets (just kidding). I love this moving work of art :)

  1. Date: 9/28/2013 12:39:00 PM

    - A poem you added a little of your personality/soul, I like it! - Have a beautiful weekend, Becca ! - oxox // Anne-Lise :)

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