People may look

And think that I am different

That's a lie

I am the same as you

I paint on a smile

Just like you

I wear a mask

Just like you

Forgive me Father,

For I have sinned

I have lied to my best friend

About just about everything


How can I begin

To break away the mask

When I have felt

The same sin upon me?

A painted smile;

A happy mask

A shrug and a "nothing"

When I ask what's wrong

These falsehoods,

Why can't they be overcome?

Why can't we be honest

To each other?

Why can't you put away

The mask

That is slowly killing me?