The Great Pretender - a poem

You have everyone fooled

with your gentle eyes

kind smile

witty retorts

and boastful voice.


They think the world

of who you are

where you have been

and what you have become.


They don’t know you

like I do

with your selfish heart

abusive soul

and punishing moves.


You think you have it all

figured out

this game of life

feelings are but pawns

to up the ante

ever amused

by watching others crash and burn.


Oh, but you forgot

got complacent in your comfortable palace

where beggars grovel at your feet.


Exhaustion from the toil

of forever shifting

morphing

acting all your different roles

has left you weak

exposed.


Those you discarded

grew stronger each day.

Forever looking over your shoulder

is not enough.


Don't you feel it?

That force that protects the hungry

feeds the poor

as we rise up

crashing through your doors

burning your palace to the ground.

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rebeccamealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

I like your poem! It has strong feeling, and is a good emotional outlet for after dealing with all those narcissists we run into during our lives!


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anupma 4 years ago from India

Awesome! it really happens in our life whom we trust , he/she cheats us. You beautifully weave these thoughts in words. Thanks for sharing us.


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truthfornow 4 years ago from New Orleans, LA Author

So true rebeccamealey.


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truthfornow 4 years ago from New Orleans, LA Author

We have all been there anupma.


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Phelcky 4 years ago from Denmark

Thank you for this lovely poem :)


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teaches12345 4 years ago

This could almost be a political statement on our governing world today. People do tend to use you for their own personal agenda.


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truthfornow 4 years ago from New Orleans, LA Author

Thank you Phelcky.


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truthfornow 4 years ago from New Orleans, LA Author

I noticed that after it was written teaches12345.


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

Wow, This is powerful. Losers never win in the end...Bravo..


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truthfornow 4 years ago from New Orleans, LA Author

Thanks always exploring.


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tonymead60 4 years ago from Yorkshire

Truth, good poem, it reads well, and has rythem which is sometimes lacking in people's work. I wonder what was the inspiration here, is it political or more personal. The final storming of the gates, need not be the down fall of the Bastille, but perhaps the heart.

regards

Tony


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truthfornow 4 years ago from New Orleans, LA Author

Thanks so much for your thoughtful comments Tony. It is much more personal than political, but you can read it as both which is an interesting bonus. Sometimes, the personal is political.


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raciniwa 4 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

such a powerful voice...great hub...


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PurvisBobbi44 3 years ago from Florida

A poem with a punch and it was awesome. I am sure many of your readers can relate to your poem as we all have met people who have layers of false personalities.

Bobbi Purvis


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truthfornow 3 years ago from New Orleans, LA Author

Yes there are many false people out there @ Bobbi Purvis.


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DDE 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

I have met many people with false personalities and the best part for me I see these kin d of people right away, and stay away from them. You did this excellently in a poem.


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truthfornow 3 years ago from New Orleans, LA Author

Good that you stay away DDE.

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