The Real Me…?

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Happy and cheerful
All the time
Confident and poised
With looks to die
Calm and collected
Full of grace
Sure and confident
No hair out of place
Assertive and decisive
On every occasion
Demure and pretty
The perfect vision

This is the person
I let the world believe
It is but a mask
And not the real me
Inside I am broken
Nervous and scared
Worried of being judged
As someone impaired
The voice of self-doubt
Is hard to go through
My life is a mess
If only they knew…

(c) Sanch Vee @ Sanch Writes (23 April 2010)

Written for One Single Impression prompt 112: Mask

37 Comments

  1. Sam Liu

    April 23, 2010 at 10:11 pm

    Behind every person, there is a soul fraught with suppression…a very powerful piece.

  2. Psych Babbler

    April 23, 2010 at 10:14 pm

    There sure is! In my line of work I see people that are okay being vulnerable but once they step out of the office, the mask is back on for the rest of the world. We all have our own masks, don’t you think? And thanks for the lovely comment…

  3. BlueMist

    April 23, 2010 at 10:21 pm

    nice. I think we all carry these masks. Sometimes to save ourselves from world and sometimes from our own selves. But then where to draw the line that makes all the difference. If one comes to think that mask is reality than one is cheating nobody but oneself.

  4. Psych Babbler

    April 23, 2010 at 10:28 pm

    Yes we do…we have our work mask, our social mask, our school/uni mask….and I think sometimes we ourselves forget who is the real us…and you are right…we end up cheating ourselves….

  5. irendi

    April 23, 2010 at 11:10 pm

    You’re right…behind the carefully applied mask is the me I’m dying to let out…she’s frail and needs protecting…so each day I apply my mask and seal the seams…knowing she’s safe.

    Sad, but true :). I love your blog btw!

  6. sandycarlson

    April 24, 2010 at 11:44 am

    Different settings demand different personae. What if we deliver just one? Thoughtful poem.

  7. Aayushi

    April 24, 2010 at 4:52 pm

    Wow, this is the first poem I am reading on your blog, and I quite liked it.

  8. Reema

    April 24, 2010 at 5:26 pm

    everyone wears a mask…different on different occasions
    nice poem!

  9. Haresh

    April 24, 2010 at 10:07 pm

    Aww… beautifully expressed! All of us wear masks. Only the extent differs.

  10. bluntedges

    April 25, 2010 at 10:23 am

    well i’m Nervous and scared both inside n outside…does that mean i have no mask! 😮

  11. Gyanban

    April 26, 2010 at 4:12 am

    Just wrote about something similar a ‘bit of life’ – we tend to lose ourselves into everyday transactions so much that sometime we forget the purpose of doing it in the first place.I think sometimes it is good to take a step back,relax and reanalyze ourselves.

    BTW your poem looks like a shapely woman..is that by design or default?

  12. sweetnothings

    April 26, 2010 at 8:56 am

    every person wears a mask ,you wont find a single human who’s not 2 faced.

  13. Shilpa

    April 26, 2010 at 1:17 pm

    🙂 I believe everyone one of us wears a mask. Some knowingly and some unknowingly. Some to protect themselves and some to misuse it and somewhere down the line we forget what we actually are. Nice post.:)

  14. Titaxy

    April 26, 2010 at 1:24 pm

    story of each and every one of us…well written.

  15. subu.ps

    April 26, 2010 at 9:13 pm

    A universal phenomenon, penned down so nicely.

  16. Psych Babbler

    April 27, 2010 at 6:52 am

    Welcome Irendi! It’s unfortunate that you need to hide your real self…but then again, I think we all do that. The number of people that know the real us can probably be counted on one hand. Take care! And thanks for the comment about my blog =)

  17. Psych Babbler

    April 27, 2010 at 7:48 am

    Thanks…and yes, we all do.

  18. Psych Babbler

    April 28, 2010 at 9:36 am

    Welcome Sandy! And thank you for the comment. I do wonder what would happen if we were to deliver just one persona….would the world be a better place?

  19. Psych Babbler

    April 28, 2010 at 9:36 am

    Welcome Aayushi and thank you! =)

  20. Psych Babbler

    April 28, 2010 at 9:36 am

    Thanks Rachna…done it! =)

  21. Psych Babbler

    April 28, 2010 at 9:37 am

    Thanks Haresh! You’re right…I guess the extent to which we wear the masks depends eh? Would kinda determine how healthy it is…

  22. Psych Babbler

    April 28, 2010 at 9:38 am

    Congratulations! If you have no mask, you are probably the first person on the planet! =P

  23. Psych Babbler

    April 28, 2010 at 9:39 am

    Need to read yours. You’re right…we are so much on autopilot that we forget to enjoy the moments. And through the autopilot, we learn to use the masks in this manner too. And the design of the poem — totally by default! =P But it looks nice!

  24. Psych Babbler

    April 28, 2010 at 9:40 am

    It’s the unknowing ones that become a problem. I mean, we all wear a mask that’s professional but as long as we are aware, that’s the important thing…. Thanks!

  25. Psych Babbler

    April 28, 2010 at 9:40 am

    Thanks T! =) Yes, it’s all of our stories, isn’t it?

  26. Psych Babbler

    April 28, 2010 at 9:41 am

    Welcome Subu! And thanks for the lovely comment

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  28. Hitesh Rawat

    April 30, 2010 at 9:31 am

    it’s true……can’t think of anything to add to it…………

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  29. theketchupgirl

    May 1, 2010 at 8:57 am

    as Dryden says- Boldness is a mask for fear, however great. 🙂

  30. Psych Babbler

    May 2, 2010 at 8:09 am

    Welcome Hitesh! Keep visiting… =)

  31. Haresh

    September 16, 2010 at 2:02 am

    Aww… beautifully expressed! All of us wear masks. Only the extent differs.

  32. bookslifenmore

    September 16, 2010 at 2:02 am

    Nice & don’t we all hide behind a mask?

  33. harini

    September 16, 2010 at 2:02 am

    We all wear some sort of a mask for some reason or another.

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