Kel Smith

The Mask - Poem by Kel Smith

You tugged at my heartstrings
I naively went along
Petted by your charm
I followed you blindly

Never questioning, I always listened
My mask let down, I proceeded unguarded
In a single moment, you knew me, or saw me
The pigment of my skin exposing my insecurity

The moment I thought I knew myself
You stripped my fortress before me
Naked I stood there, ashamed and embarrassed
I stare at my feet waiting for the nightmare to end

Fearful, I see your face all around me
I smell your scent on those who pass by
This isn't just a dream anymore
But you are always there

You used to be there when I needed you
Inquisitive, caring, loving....
And now? You're gone.
Just when I needed you most.

Bitterness, disappointment, sadness lingering
You loved me then shunned me
I replaced my guarding mask and withdraw a step
You knew me once, but never again.

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, October 14, 2008

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