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Hello :) This is the first time I've been brave enough to publish anything, so I would love some feedback.

A little background - This is about when I was still growing up and the group of friends I had were not the nicest. I now, luckily, have friends who accept me for who I am. I realise now how hard I tried to be what my old friends wanted me to be.

But life is too short to be anything but happy.

Masquerade

They said to dance like nobody was watching

So I danced, but was I doing it right?

I pretended to love like I had never been hurt

As long as they believed, it's alright.

It was rehearsed reality darling, 'fraid to say

I was not guarded (but I was)

I had no walls (but they were there)

Break them down and be real? (I wouldn't dare)

Reckless abandon was not for you or for me

I kept up that appearance, poised yet "carefree"

I wasn't sure of the answer when they asked –"Who is she?"

I was hidden, masked - and fake as can be

Fake a smile, force that grin

Don't choke now, (Are they convinced?)

I did as expected; my dues have been paid

Now I'm sick of this damn masquerade