Always I affix the mask just so,
stealing strength to simply say hello;
feelings bind me up inside and I
know no other way except to lie –
sew the pain and fear inside the seams
tucking them away beside my dreams;
f**k myself & what I want – too scared…
well beyond repair
seek no further than the mask I wear
all you need to know, dear friend, is there.
An aside: I'm not really much of a curser, so for the full affect, you will need to appropriately replace the asterisks.
A note on form: This piece is a variation on the Framed Couplet. I did take a slight liberty with the one line (breaking it over three).
On inspiration for this piece: This idea was pulled from Poetic Asides's 2015 April PAD Challenge: Day 6. The theme for this prompt was things-not-as-they-appear.