A Lie




its all a lie

i am a lie

what you see 

is not me


i show you 

what people have made of me

I show you

the lie of the century


for you— i am quiet

really— i am electric

for you— i stutter

really— i project


i show you

a persona

i show you

a mask


i choose to live in fear

rather than being myself

i choose to live in fear

but i know my self wealth


i show you

what you want to see

i show you

a girl who is not intimidating




my life is a shadow 

of the society today

everyone is watching 

waiting for my mistake


i show you 

a mirage

i show you 

a lie



wouldn’t you like to know the truth?

too bad— society took that from you. 








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