Depression Poem

People only see what I let them see.

Inside Out

© Angie Flores
Outside lives a girl with a smile that will brighten up the room,
yet inside hides a girl with a frown full of despair.

Outside lives a girl with eyes of joy that brings you to ease,
yet inside hides a girl shedding tears of sadness.

Outside lives a girl with a beautiful laugh that's contagious,
yet inside hides a girl screaming her lungs out in unwanted anger.

Outside lives a girl with the personality everyone envies,
yet inside hides a girl full of insecurities and shame.

Outside lives a girl who is fearless and tough,
yet inside hides a weak girl who lives in fear.

Outside lives a girl full of life,
yet inside hides a girl full of pain, wanting to die.

Outside lives a girl with a perfect image,
yet inside hides a girl with regrets and mistakes.

Outside lives a girl of innocence,
yet inside hides a girl with tremendous guilt.

Outside lives a girl with goals and aspirations,
yet inside lives a girl lost in confusion.

What you see on the outside is my personal disguise,
What hides underneath you can't even begin to imagine.

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  • This poem is made up of couplets, which are 2 line stanzas. The couplets in this poem do not rhyme.

    Outside lives a girl with a smile that will brighten up the room,
    yet inside hides a girl with a frown full of despair.

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  • This poem has a strong sense of structure. All but the last couplet follows this pattern:

    Outside lives a girl with...
    yet inside hides a girl...

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  • This poem evokes strong emotion, which helps the readers feel the emotions of the author.

    Outside lives a girl with a perfect image,
    yet inside hides a girl with regrets and mistakes.

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Published: Jul 2008

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  • I know how you feel, This Poem Describes Exactly who I am. I Hide but I put on a disguise because it helps me cope, but on the inside I'm alone and broken.

    Sarah, NZ Submitted Mar 2010
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  • How true it all is
    WOW...a poem I can TOTALLY relate to!
    Great job!

    It constantly amazes me how "blind" SO MANY (if not all) people really are, they have no idea!

    God Bless!

    M Submitted Apr 2010
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  • I know what you feel I feel the same and I put out the same. No one ever sees us and how we all feel and when the finally do its too late.

    Emmalie, New Mexico Submitted Dec 2010
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  • Wow. This is...completely my story. I hide under the cover of my personality...

    Elizabeth, Oregon Submitted Jan 2011
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  • I agree with the other posts. This is a really beautiful piece of work, which totally sums up the way people perceive me and the stark contrast to the actual reality beneath. I enjoyed reading it :)

    Vi, UK Submitted Jan 2011
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  • Wow! This just describes how I feel. Every day I go to school I put a happy face on and act like nothings wrong, nobody there understands what this feels like. Your poem was so beautiful!

    Erica, NC Submitted Feb 2011
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  • It's how I'm feeling, just like everyone else commenting.
    But this part is different. When I don't hide it, people chide me for being needy, and relying on people, for not being self-sufficient.

    Kat, Michigan Submitted Mar 2011
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  • I know how you feel this poem fits me perfectly. I try to hide my actually personality, but people don't know what exactly happened. They say I am just looking for attention but I am not. I just wish people would understand that.

    Danielle, Brandon Mississippi Submitted May 2011
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  • This is exactly how I feel when I'm in school and at home. Your poem describes how a lot of people feel

    Amber,Fowler,Indiana Submitted Oct 2011
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  • I won't say this poem describes me perfectly as that would be a lie. However, I too cover up who I am, putting on a smile because that's what I want people to see. I have no gift, I don't have the looks or the personality. I'm just a shadow of the man I portray myself to be.

    Steve Submitted Nov 2011
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  • So True.
    I love this poem, can you carry on writing poems like this? I've been looking all day for a poem the describes me and here it is.

    The only thing is I don't want to be different on the inside, I want my outside to be the same as my inside. I think I need to start over. New year is coming so I think I'll change my ways!

    Briar, Hertfordshire, England Submitted Dec 2011
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  • This poem says things I never have the strength to admit to anyone else. It's amazing truly. That is exactly the girl I am, one of pretty smiles, crazy jokes, cool outfits, and great confidence but on the inside I feel lost and hopeless and so very sad, insecure, alone and unworthy of love.

    Carina, New York Submitted Mar 2012
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  • Indeed true, love this poem very much. I hide under the cover of my personality... I try to hide my actually personality, but people don't know what exactly happened. WOW..!! an amazing poem.

    Rythm,Morbi Submitted Jun 2012
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  • I can relate to this poem in some way. My family has been hurt because of my father , which caused us to move far away from the home I loved and now my mothers doing things she's never done before. It hurts me to see us like this but I don't want to tell anyone I just want them to notice but they don't think anything's wrong, because I always smile and play around. Though on the inside I want to disappear and cry out loud because everything hurts.

    Gp, Georgia Submitted Jun 2012
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  • I read this poem and it is me to the t. Guilt, sadness, pain on the inside but always have to keep a happy outer shell, I was raised without a father, left home at 14, worked to make a better life never got into drugs or such. Hid my pain in my work and giving to others. I had three daughters failed relationships. I am 42 years old in November and still can't seem to fix me. Broken hearts and pain that will never heal. always sadness. tired.

    Tracy, Windsor Ontario,Canada Submitted Jul 2012
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  • I relate to this poem very well,
    When I was 5 my mother died of breast cancer. 3 years later my dad died. Leaving my 5 brothers and 2 sisters on the streets. As I was the eldest my siblings looked up to me. They called me mum and asked me for food. This went on for about a year, I tried to teach my brothers and sisters to read and write, but I couldn't either.
    I finally couldn't take it any longer...Lucy (3 years old) had already become sick and died. And my other siblings were going the same way. So I handed us in to the Housing for the Homeless. Where I went to school. I always made up who I was because I was so afraid that someone might laugh at me and tease me.
    The other day I told my closest friend...my only friend. She then told the WHOLE school.
    I am now going to a different school. In another state. But I learnt from my mistake. I will NEVER tell anybody about my life again.

    Livvy, Africa Submitted Jul 2012
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  • I have read this poem and this is me, I put the game face on every morning, but there are times when even that's not enough. When someone looks at me in such a way I feel they see me, the real me and I run and hide, I don't want people to see my pain I don't need their pity, don't have the strength to be judged. I have a self destruct personality. I have spent the last 37 years fighting myself.

    Emily, Midlands Submitted Aug 2012
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  • This poem really relates to me. I feel like it tells my life story I just with there was someone I could talk to.

    Shawlin Submitted Oct 2012
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  • This a great poem, very relatable. I find it relatable because not one person can see through my mask, unless I allow it. Some people see the me on the inside, but most see the charade I put on.

    Kiara Submitted Nov 2012
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  • I must say, you wrote this poem from y eyes, as I also show people a smile on the outside, but my true wish is that there may be one that can look at me and see not the smile but the pain...

    thank you for showing me who you are inside, and I ensure you, that you are not alone... may there be that one that can see beneath you and understand you so that that someone can share light with you...

    Janieta, Springs Submitted Feb 2013
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  • Why would you hide your feelings? Why let everyone judge you by the cover of your appearance? Just be yourself. Don't let others hide who you really are. You may be depressed, and hurt, but let it show in its own way without trying to hide it behind a mask.
    You say your full of guilt on the inside, maybe because your not showing yourself, but showing what everybody else wants to see. Just be your own self everyone. Let you emotions fly out of you like fireworks! It is easier to let it than, than to keep it all hidden away in your heart by lock and key. :) "No point in living, if not dangerously!"

    Abilene, Kansas Submitted Mar 2013
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  • Do you ever think about the people who are "so blind to how you feel"? What if that is their mask? Just something to think about.

    Becca Submitted 9/10/2013
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  • This is me I put on my face and smile and laugh but inside me I say if you only knew how I felt, I wish I did not feel this way I want to feel normal. I have a fiancÚ but I do not think he really gets it I try to explain it to him but he truly does not understand. I want to get involved in an online chat group, if any one has any info please let me know

    Brooklyn Newyork Submitted 11/17/2013
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  • I can be whom ever I want to be - THE GIRL OUTSIDE
    but the girl INSIDE. - I feel no one understands, reading this makes me believe that there are others that feel exactly the same.
    I could have written this poem , that's how much it is "me" ...
    So well put !

    South Africa Submitted 2/28/2014
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  • This poem is written in such a way that it feels like it was made just for me. I might be young but I've been through a lot of hardship and through my life I've felt like I had no one there to protect me, someone I couldn't lean on for help. I always feel like I'm no good for anyone and if I just be what people want me to be then maybe I won't feel so alone.

    Sugeiry Payan Submitted 5/15/2014
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  • Thank you for finally voicing how I feel. This is what I needed.

    Jenn, Texas Submitted 6/5/2014
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  • This poem describes me perfectly!

    Rachel, Alabama Submitted 7/12/2014
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