The Mask

The mask I wear can disguise my pain. The mask I wear can change my appearance. The mask I wear can fool those around me. The mask I wear can help me make it through the day. The mask I wear is not the real me.  The mask lets me hide behind a smile. The mask lets me keep you at bay. The mask I wear lets the demons to view the world. The mask I wear lets me pretend the pain is not real. The mask is an illusion. mask2

I have worn my mask for so long that I sometimes forget my true self. I have worn the mask for so long that it I sometimes forget it is not me. I have worn the mask for so long that it is hard to leave it at home. I have worn the mask for so long that I am afraid to face the world without it. I have worn the mask for so long because it felt safe. I have worn the mask for so long. mask1

Can you see me? Can you see me behind the mask? Can you see the sadness behind the smile? Can you see the worry in the lines of my face? Can you see the exhaustion around my eyes? Can you see really see me?

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I wish I could go without the mask, but the demons are in charge. I wish I could go without the mask, but the pain is so near the surface. I wish I could go without the mask, but I don’t want to burden you. I wish I could go without the mask, but my warrior is chained. I wish I could go without the mask, but I am just not ready to show the world all of me.

The mask will stay with me to hide my pain. The mask will stay with me to keep you at bay. The mask will stay with me to get me through my day. The mask will stay with me until I go to bed each and every day. The mask will stay with me until the warrior is ready to rise again. The mask is an illusion.

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