John Jackson

Rookie (February 5,1993 / Jacksonville, Florida)

The Mask I Wore... - Poem by John Jackson

The Mask I wore, was one of fear, distorted across unexplained spontaneity
The Mask I wore, was one of another, rhetorical nature that I proudly displayed
The Mask I wore, was comforting, during times of sadness and pain despite the real ME
That didn't matter, not to my mask as it commanded me to rightfully
Be another..., in which i could not even say
Forget the poor soul within trying to claw it's way to the surface
I lost apart of me, because I couldn't let go
And Face another day, that I was not prepared for, and The Mask I wore
Overshadowed me, my own internal suffrage
This is the fate of the mask I wore, the mask I took off

The mask I wore was self-fulfilled, and onto it's own
The mask of course had me at the reigns had me at control
Through anger, I propelled, through pain, I remained
Through victory I wept, and through defeat I sustained
Thoughts, that I CREATED, that I could have easily destroyed, easily erased
An insolent individual, inadequate, of my own misconstrues
A life so uneasily balanced, a life so unevenly paced
But not anymore...I've hurt too many, I've lost too much
Mentors, family, friends and such
The mask i wore, is not no more, and I held it aloft...


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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, May 4, 2010



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