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.


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