The Masking

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Poetry  |  House: Booksie Classic

A poem about how we as people always strive so hard to hide our insecurities. Please comment!!

We all wear a mask
An emotional wall
Built up by words
And looming so tall

We paint our dear faces
With a smile and a laugh
Meanwhile we travel
A trouble filled path

But a wink hides our nerves
And a touch masks our pain
By tearing down others
We seek to find gain

The world never knows
What happens inside
All the cares and the worries
That we work hard to hide

Some do it because
They feel empty and lost
Others play knowing ridicule
Is too high a cost

So inside we suffer
As we all play this game
By hiding emotions
And holding in pain

Submitted: August 02, 2008

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I like it too!!! :-) But I try to leave that mask on my table. :)

Sun, August 3rd, 2008 7:19pm


Yep, I definitely know what you mean!! :D Thanks so much for commenting!! -Amelia

Fri, August 8th, 2008 11:16am



Hello Lady :) The theme and message are both great. Your style is informative and matter-of-factly, this suits the themes well. You really show talent here and I hope you keep sharing your poems with us here on Booksie! Take care, Regan

Mon, August 4th, 2008 4:47am


Hey Regan! I'm really glad that you like my style and my work and I'll definitely be sharing more of my stuff as it gets written. :) Thanks so much for commenting!!! -Amelia

Fri, August 8th, 2008 11:17am



Dception deceipt ; these are to a degree inherant rhings we all resort to.Only the stone hearted can show sublime serenity when he loses love affection, When death visits us we can scarcely show jubilation - we can neither show our true feelings even though the soul may yearn to do so.
The sublime inneer truth we all hols is personal, subjective and a treasured secret; whether its Mother Theresa or Michael Jackson.
We all don the the mask and covet our deepest feelings .
This all holds for poets and is very finely put together in this poem .I congratulate you for its simple beauty.
However the guys on the stock exchange would have other faces.
The poker sharks survive equally on masquerading with an altogether different mask`

But think ; did God put any mask on say the exquisitely beautiful kingfisher , or the rapturous beauty on sundown on a golden strand ??
Well done

Sun, August 10th, 2008 7:12pm


Thanks so much for the long, jam packed comment!! I really appreciate it! I'm very glad that you took the time to analyze it so well! While thinking about it in more detail than I did before, after reading your comment, I think that there's different types of masks that we wear. Some people, like the typical popular kids at school, put on a mask of self assuredness to cover up how they feel about something like family problems, or there's the poker players who deliberately put on masks in order to be better at the game. Every mask is different, and I'm sure that there's an endless amount of them. I really do agree with you on how God doesn't put masks on his beautiful creations like the sunsets and other things. Thinking about it from that perspective, God doesn't make anything with a mask. We were born without one, but our sin has caused us to hide who we truly are from the world. The beauty is that once we realize it, we can freely take off the masks that we wear before God because he sees right through it anyways. :) Thank you so much for the great comment again, it really caused me to think more deeply on the matter and I really appreciate it!!! :D

Mon, August 11th, 2008 10:49am


r4z0r bl4d3 k1ss3s

wow, its scary but im pretty sure everyone on this site can relate to this poem. its sumthing we all struggle with daily, me especially. i love the 5th and 6th stanza's the best. i think the part i love the most is how u call it all a game. which it is. especially during highschool when all that matters is that you fit in. keep writing, ur poems are absoulutly amazing.
~Razor Blade Kisses

Sat, August 16th, 2008 5:48pm


Thank you so much!! I really appreciate it!! I hope you enjoy my other and future writing as well! :D Thanks! -Amelia

Sat, August 16th, 2008 1:04pm


Wolf Enchantress

i really lke this one. it's so true, you seemed to completely grasp people's insecure feelings. :)

Fri, August 29th, 2008 7:26pm



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