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The Mask That No One Can See

November 15, 2011
By amahzing_grace GOLD, Prattville, Alabama
amahzing_grace GOLD, Prattville, Alabama
12 articles 0 photos 25 comments

Favorite Quote:
I pay no attention whatever to anybody's praise or blame. I simply follow my own feelings.
-Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

There's an invisible mask
That hides her face.
They treat her like
She's such a strange case.

She wants someone
To always be there.
Someone to wipe her tears
To stroke her hair.

She needs someone
To tell her it's alright.
Someone to help her win
Someone to help her fight.

She wonders why
They can't see...
Who she is
Who she wants to be.

She needs someone
To understand.
When she's on her knees
Can they help her stand?

Everyone leaves her
Everyone forgets.
They stand by and laugh
As she takes all the hits.

They don't see
That she's not a child.
She's tired of them
Calling her mild.

She's brave and strong
She keeps it all in.
She hides it all
Except when she writes it in pen.

She writes to him about how
She feels so much pain.
From all of this
What is there to gain?

She feels like a flower
Upon the wall.
People don't see her
As she walks down the hall.

The hallways to her
Are just another place.
She has to pass through them
Though they're just a big space.

She can't believe
They let her feel like this.
They just don't care about anything
Except their own world of bliss.

She feels all alone
In this crazy place.
People always make her feel
Like such a disgrace.

They laugh at her and
They crush her dreams.
The world is so cruel
Or so it seems.

They either leave her out
Or they lock her in.
They say “you'll be free”
She tries to scream “when?”

They never let her free
They won't let her fly.
They push her around
And she tries not to cry.

How does she do it
I used to ask.
She always replied
I have a mask.

Now I know
I understand.
I try to help,
Help her stand.

But it can get hard
Because she hides.
She all but shuts down
She sits there and lies.

She lies because
She feels so much pain.
She's cried all her tears
Her heart us stained.

Her heart is stained
With things from the past.
She wouldn't explain to you
Even if you asked.

She's good at a lot
Especially hiding.
Her promises to herself
Have become binding.

They bind her
To her heart.
It's not easy
It's an art.

What makes it art
You calmly ask.
I simply reply
That invisible mask.

There's an invisible mask
That hides her face......

The author's comments:
I wrote this piece after my best friend opened up to me about all the pain that she had been hiding since she moved here. I never knew about any of it. When i asked her about how i felt bad for not seeing the pain she was in she simply said, "don't blame yourself. noone ever sees because i have a mask."

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This article has 4 comments.

Kinzi GOLD said...
on Mar. 17 2012 at 8:28 am
Kinzi GOLD, Cairo, Other
11 articles 0 photos 40 comments

Favorite Quote:
“There is some good in this world, and it's worth fighting for.” -J.R.R. Tolkien

“I have found the paradox, that if you love until it hurts, there can be no more hurt, only more love.” -Mother Teresa

=] This was my favorite poem of yours. In this poem, the rhyme worked, the emotion was strong, and it was so sad. I also have a friend who did the same thing of having a whole bunch of terrible stuff happen to them but then they never told me or anyone until much later... So yeah, it hurts.

on Mar. 2 2012 at 9:46 am
amahzing_grace GOLD, Prattville, Alabama
12 articles 0 photos 25 comments

Favorite Quote:
I pay no attention whatever to anybody's praise or blame. I simply follow my own feelings.
-Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

i will pass the hope on to her (: and i'm sorry you had to go through all of that :(

on Mar. 1 2012 at 10:44 am
loveissmiles GOLD, Lynn, Indiana
13 articles 0 photos 102 comments

Favorite Quote:
"I live for the nights I can't remember with the people I will never forget." -Carassisa M-<3

"What the mind can perceive, the body can achieve." -Softball Coach Steve B-

Your inspiration is heartbreaking,

as is your work,

but it's beautifully so.

tell your friend she's not alone.

i know exactally how she feels.

my life hasn't been the greatest,

and i have been through a lot for only being 15.

i lost my mom to alcohlism at 5,

and my dad to prison 6 months later.

wathced my baby brother die in my arms,

experienced the kind of "love" no one should have to,

not to mention losing everyone i get close to.

She's not alone. And i guess im not either. Thanks for shedding the light!

on Feb. 5 2012 at 7:30 am
beautifulspirit PLATINUM, Alpharetta, Georgia
35 articles 0 photos 1398 comments

Favorite Quote:
The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.
--Eleanor Roosevelt

The idea for your poem brings an interesting point--in a way, we all wear masks. How do we really know the people in our lives? I mean, we all have secrets. I liked the way the stanzas were arranged, making the poem more enjoyable. The rhyme scheme was good too.