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Mask


Try it on.

Put it on.

Keep it on.

Once you have it on,

You can’t take it off.

The addiction.

The fear.

The loneliness.

You can’t see me-

I'm not here.


I live alone

Behind

My mask of tears.

Depression.

Anxiety.

I've known it all.

The yelling.

The lies.

The bullying.

Sometimes I feel so small.


They never know

How much I struggle.


In their eyes,

I look weak.

A disappointment.

My accomplishments never enough.

Smile for the picture.

Look happy.

It's for memories' sake,

While I stand there

Crying

Behind my fake face.


A smile should be true,

Genuine.

True happiness.

Not forced.


My room.

My quiet place.

My mask is off.

I sit alone

Trying

To fix feeling off.

The mirror,

The mirror.

I only see my mask.

One day, I hope

To see my true self.

Not crying alone

Reading books

Off the shelf.


Today was hard,

Tomorrow has challenges.

Hopefully,

It won’t be another day

Of sitting alone.

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