Dark Poem

I have beat cancer twice and am presently fighting again along with the effects of a stroke. The attempt on my life erased 42 years of memories. I have fought and won a battle of addiction. Friends have been leaving my life, and some others have gone as far as to convince people none of this happened. I can't find the strength to reach out again in fear of what will happen if I do. Losing friends and your identity is a lonely place made only for me.

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This poem truly spoke to me. It's so accurate on so many levels. Life has been hard, and I've had to grow up fast. I've had to be strong and show no panic so my mother would think everything...

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I Will Wear Masks

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Published: May 2011

In times of trouble and insanity,
I carry masks to disguise
the pain I carry
secure behind my eyes.

I can never let out again
the misery I hide.
To hell with my dignity,
to hell with my pride.

From this day forward,
and forevermore,
I will mount this mask
that will be my lore.

No reaching out when I am weak,
no solace will I seek.

When you look for answers,
when you say your prayers,
all you will see are masks,
and no pain that I bare

JOE DIRT JUNE/2010

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  • Heather Parker by Heather Parker, Haughton, LA
  • 5 months ago

I love this poem. It touches on exactly how I feel most of the time. I can relate completely to the wearing of masks to cover up your pain. I've had pain my entire life and have worn many masks so that others could not see. Thank you for writing this.

  • Dylan by Dylan
  • 1 year ago

This poem truly spoke to me. It's so accurate on so many levels. Life has been hard, and I've had to grow up fast. I've had to be strong and show no panic so my mother would think everything was okay. I've always been the person to look after others, always being there for them, always comforting their pain. I've been crying in the dark for some time now. I cannot show weakness or break down. I may be wrong or have to face this one day, but until then I shall continue to wear a mask and show no pain.

  • Avianne by Avianne
  • 2 years ago

I love this poem. Expresses exactly how I feel. Although it didn't help how I feel personally, it makes me feel better to know that I'm not the only one who thinks about life like this.

  • Anica Kimlong by Anica Kimlong
  • 2 years ago

This is my first time reading this poem that really touched me! It is right for me because it’s compatible with my life being.

  • Davy by Davy
  • 3 years ago

This is exactly how I feel everyday. I was raised without a father in my life. I only had my mother and sister so I had to be the man of the house and I had to protect them from any harm that was coming to them. So I had to wear a mask, not showing my fears, my feelings, and like you said the pain in my eyes. I am kinda scared what will happen once I remove my mask. I guess it's going to be something that life will teach me along the way...

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