Growing Up Poem by Teens

Poem About Being Fake

They said adaptation is the key to survival. Maybe I took this line way too seriously as I grew up and started living as fake. People are drawn to happiness. So always be happy to always have friends. But conjuring up this perpetually fake and happy personality, I missed one thing. I couldn't see which of those many friends were those who would still come to me when I wasn't happy. Hence, from under those stifling fake masks I wore came out this poem.

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Masks are a conflicting subject for me. I know what they are. I think I use them, but then I'm not really sure. I think it's probably because masks are so common that you can't tell when they...

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The Face Behind

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Published: March 2011

Masks, I have many, masks to hide behind.
Masks to hide the bitter truths, masks that make you blind.

Masks that I am afraid to take off, and none of them is "we,"
For pretending is an art that is second nature to me.

True, I give an impression that I am all secure,
That everything is sunny with me and life is to savor.

But please don't believe me, oh please help me find,
Find the truth beneath the lies, find the face behind.

I need your hand, even when I say it's the last thing I want.
Need you to say those soothing words when silence is all I flaunt.

So when it's the same old, phony, rubbish song I am playing....
Just try to hear those words that I am not saying.

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  • by Jackk
  • 11 months ago

Masks are a conflicting subject for me. I know what they are. I think I use them, but then I'm not really sure. I think it's probably because masks are so common that you can't tell when they are and when they aren't used. It's not as if masks are a bad things, because they aren't. Most things that end up bad were created for a good purpose. It is mostly the fact that people use them so much, that we can't merely describe them as "masks" anymore. They are much more than that. My friends, my teachers, my classmates, even my family seem to carry masks. It's hard to tell if I do too. I hope you figured it all out in the end.

  • by Emily R. Slavin
  • 3 years ago

I always wear a mask. No one knows who is behind it. I'm happy, and popular. But inside I'm definitely not. Only one of my friends knows my past, about my parent's breakup and other things. But everyone else doesn't have a clue. I'm so glad I'm not alone here. I hope you got through okay.

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