Don’t be fooled by me,

Don’t be fooled by the face I wear,
For I wear a thousand masks, masks that I am afraid to take off
and none of them are me Pretending is an art that is second nature with me, but don’t be
fooled for gods sake don’t be fooled
I give the impression that I’m secure, that all is sunny and unruffled with me, within as well as without, that confidence is my name and coolness is my game; that the waters calm and I’m in command, and that I need no one.
But don’t be fooled by me. Please………..

My surface may be smooth, but my surface is my mask.
Beneath this lies no complacence.
Beneath this lies the real me in confusion, in fear and aloneness.
But I hide this. I don’t want anybody to know it.
I panic at the thought of my weakness and fear of being
That is why I frantically create a mask to hide behind, a nonchalant, sophisticated façade, to help me pretend, to shield me from the glance that knows
But such a glance is precisely my salvation
My only salvation, and I know it.
That is if it’s followed by acceptance, if it’s followed by love.
It’s the only thing that will assure me of what I can’t assure myself- that I am worth something
But I don’t tell you this. I don’t dare. I’m afraid to
I’m afraid your glance will not be followed by acceptance and love.
I’m afraid that deep down I’m nothing, that I’m no good and that you will see this and reject me.
So I play my game, my desperate game, with a façade of assurance without and a trembling child within.
So begins the parade of masks. Now my life becomes a front.

Who am I, you may wonder. I am someone you know very well
For I am every man and woman you meet.



Frankston, Australia

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This piece came from a seminar I attended a few years back I DID NOT WRITE THIS and the author is unknown
Any help would be greatly appreciated in finding the original source of this work as I found it a very moving piece as has everyone that has read it since and it would be nice to know where it came from
Thanks – skik

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