Nina Bendixen

Rookie (4/10/97 / Michigan)

The Mask - Poem by Nina Bendixen

The Happiness and smiles that you all see
is nothing but a mask
it shields the secret of my life from expulsion
it protects the very thing that could break me down
the mask is a lie
but its the lie everyone wants to believe
so no one attempts to take the mask off
afraid to see the horrors that lie underneath
afraid that everything the mask has locked away
explodes in bursts of pain and sorrow
my life is a secret
dark, unknown, and sometimes scary
very few know
and only three have fully experienced
they wear the mask too
the first came to accept it and move on
the second is still unaware of its presence
and the third has used it to her advantage
but the mask is worn by others too
others who feel their life could end at any moment
but if all who are depressed wear the mask
then how do we tell the truly happy from the truly depressed?

Poet's Notes about The Poem

my mom is an alcoholic
the 'experience' in line 14 is my life living with my alcoholic mom
the three that have fully experienced is
1. my dad- accepted and moved on
2. my sister- unaware of its presence
3. me- used it to my advantage (e.g. this poem)
I feel like I put on a mask everyday. I wear it to satisfy people who really don't seem to care. In this poem, I hid some really meaningful messages; things that I have observed and lessons I have learned. This is a depressing visual from the eyes of a 15 year old girl.

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Poem Submitted: Friday, May 18, 2012

Poem Edited: Friday, January 11, 2013

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