Your Sorry Disguise

Bravado's mask can hide only so long

In paper-mache that's come and gone

Seductive carnival casts careless debris

Your sorry disguise doesn't fool me

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Pleasing the crowd you play along

Silent the beat of the hearts sad song

The truth ain't what they came to see

Your sorry disguise doesn't fool me

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Revealing pain finds you don't belong

Feathers and glitter cover the wrong

Pretty pretense can't set you free

Your sorry disguise doesn't fool me

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So, you paint on the face that mimics strong

Endow the illusions that serve to prolong

The deception from which you cannot flee

Your sorry disguise doesn't fool me

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Obscurity shaped behind the cats-eyed oblong

That conceals and carries the blues bong

A surreal trip far away from who you be

Your sorry disguise doesn't fool me

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suzettenaples 4 years ago from Taos, NM

Powerful poem, Amy. So many do go through life with disguises and masks on. If only they realized how silly they are and that they are not fooling anyone but themselves. Pathetic! You have done another piece of great writing, Amy. Thanks for sharing this!


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suzettenaples 4 years ago from Taos, NM

Powerful poem, Amy. So many do go through life with disguises and masks on. If only they realized how silly they are and that they are not fooling anyone but themselves. Pathetic! You have done another piece of great writing, Amy. Thanks for sharing this!


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BobbiRant 4 years ago from New York

"All the world's a stage' rings so true in this poem about the charades many people sometimes play for the world. Powerful, compelling and wonderful to read. Great piece!


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Amy Becherer 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Thank you, Suzette. One life to live and it ain't no dress rehearsal!!! It's sad that some people never get it.


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Amy Becherer 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Dear Bobbi, As always, you've left a profound comment. So utterly right on, my friend. Thank you.


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

Amy, just one more reason why I like you. There is no pretense in you my friend, nor is there in me. What you see is what you get. If someone doesn't truly want to hear my answer to their question they better not ask....they tend to hear much more than they wanted. :)

Wonderful poetry! You are my muse!


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida

Your sentient stanzas, Amy, evoked this poem:

Please take off your mask, that is all that I ask.

Let me see with my eyes what's beneath your disguise.

Away with bravado, away with false pride.

Take off your mask, let me see what's inside.


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xstatic 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

Hard hitting poem exposing all the disguises of deceipt. UP


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Amy Becherer 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Dear Bill, I laughed out loud to read exactly how I feel; if you don't really want to know, don't ask me. "Your muse" makes me very happy, my friend. Thank you so much for touching my heart.


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Amy Becherer 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Dear drbj, Jeez, I couldn't and didn't say it any better than your poetry. I love the way you put this sentiment about honesty without pretense. You are one smart cookie, my friend. You are my mentor. I admire you more than I can express. Thank you, drbj.


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Amy Becherer 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

So glad to see your face, xstatic. Thank you for a thoughtful comment from a deep "thinker".


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breakfastpop 4 years ago

I love the strength inherent in your words. Bravo! Up and awesome.


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Amy Becherer 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Dear Pop, Coming from someone as strong as you, your words are music to my ears. Thank you so much, my friend.


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breakfastpop 4 years ago

Thank you, Amy. I think you are fabulous!


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Amy Becherer 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Me mum advised that I "always consider the source" in giving validity to something someone said. And, in doing that with you, my friend, you made my week, Pop, because I think you're the greatest...whipsaw smart and the sincerest passion and courage to stand by what you believe. I call that a "hero".


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epigramman 4 years ago

...well the last time I saw/read words this eloquently put together - it was from William Shakespeare or Vincent Moore - so I shall annoint you with the lofty and distinguished title of the 'female Shakespeare' otherwise known as Amy Shakespeare - gosh Amy I feel like a 'special child' when I read your words - where do I sign up and receive some tudoring 'on how it should be done' - your words, your poetic sentiments and thoughts as always - demand repeated readings and the respect of the world writing community here at the Hub - lake erie time 12:45pm


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Amy Becherer 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Well, Colin, if I were a member of the Shakespeare family it would be the bad seed, the one William disowned. I appreciate your generous, poetic sentiment, but you are far closer to the lofty realm of Shakespeare than I will ever be. I am especially taken with your reference to eloquence, as I strive for that in my writing. And, if my "Amyness" makes you feel like a "special child", I have gone far beyond anything I ever dreamed I'd do. Your words have made me feel very special, Mr. C. Thank you


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

So many wear masks and attempt to hide in a crowd

They're usually braggers

And come off too loud

You can spot 'em a mile away

Esp. when they try to lead you astray

Another GREAT poem Amy....


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Amy Becherer 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

So true, Ruby. What inspired this piece for me was the state of sadness I've been feeling over the steady stream of events the last couple of years, the most devastating being the loss of my MacGregor. I found myself, upon MacGregor's death, unable to put on a fake, happy face. Most people, like you, Ruby, can compassionately express their condolences, but some feel it is their duty to lecture on the value of life and pulling yourself up by your bootstraps. It seems some people are very sensitive to THEIR own feelings, but resent feeling any discomfort at someone's elses grief. I have never been one to be negative and have maintained a positive attitude despite obstacles, with the exception of losing my beloved pet. I resent having to pretend and I am certain I am not the only one to feel this way, nor will I be the last. I was trying to convey both sides of the coin...from the standpoint of the one trying to hide their grief being the same person who knows what he's doing or a close friend who knows the grieving person and see's what is happening. Basically, dear Ruby, I am kind of fxxxed up since losing my companion. The best part of poetry is writing something that is relatable on various levels of interpretation. Thank you for giving me your insightful, thought-provoking interpretation, my friend. You are a doll.


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Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Voted up and awesome. Hate false friends have had some. People who smile and tell lies behind your back. You tell it well and great video too. It reminded me of another song by Bruce Springsteen Brilliant Disguise.


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Amy Becherer 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Oh, Gypsy, I'm going to give a listen to Bruce Springsteen's Brilliant Disguise. I can't tell you how many times I've struggled to find the video that mirrors my written thoughts. Many times I can't recall the song I'm searching for. Thank you so much.


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A.A. Zavala 4 years ago from Texas

Letting the lid blow open and spilling what needs to be said. Very brave, and cleansing. Displacing these emotions in prose, and allowing others to feel what it's like to live as you do. Brilliant...


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Amy Becherer 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Wow, Augustine. You are impressive. You got it....perfectly. Thank you so much for leaving your brilliant thoughts.


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Docmo 4 years ago from UK

Wonderfully evocative as always, Amy. Your power over words is becoming legendary and the ideas you convey makes every 'pretender' squirm. We all wear masks or see masks. It takes a truly open heart to see another. You, dear Amy, see through it all. superb!


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Amy Becherer 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Actually, Docmo, I was writing about myself...when I lost MacGregor, I felt unfit for human consumption, so to speak. I've found many people are uncomfortable and prefer a happy face, even if it's ingenuous, rather than address another's grief. So, the concept of this piece was me revealing my own mask, as I was narrating my own story, giving the reader a peek at what's behind my mask. I am the pretender in this case, since really, I don't know with certainty about anyone else's inner workings. I wasn't making any judgements or assumptions about anyone else. Sometimes, dear Docmo, just figuring out myself is puzzle enough! Thank you for your kind words.


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CrazedNovelist 4 years ago from Hampton, GA

Your sorry disguise doesn't fool me. I see some aggression in this piece, Amy. I feel like you've been angered by someone who thinks they're getting away with something. Oh, I think so! I definitely love this piece as I do pretty all your works. My favorite line is----Obscurity shaped behind the cats-eyed oblong--- It's just awesome. I never see the word "Oblong" used in anything. A for originality. ;) You're awesome Amy.


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Amy Becherer 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Dear CrazedNovelist, Your perception regarding anger is right. The piece is actually a self-narrative. Me telling my side of things from inside out. The anger came from a personal experience when I felt chastised because of my profound sadness after a cascade of difficult events, ending with my beloved dog's death. I was basically railing against having to put a "happy face" on when I felt anything but, in order to avoid making anyone uncomfortable with my grief. I appreciate your specific comment on the word "oblong". I came to that description, as I love my cats-eye Raybans (a mask of sorts). BTW, I tried using "alliteration" in one I wrote today. I'll see if you spot it one of these days, my friend. Thank you for your awesome, fun, "full of ideas" comments.


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Lucky Cats 4 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

hey Amy, how did I miss this? Fell, disguises, pretense, roles, images we'd like to think fool others; maybe wishing, hoping that (the proverbial) we might actually become what we project. Emptiness, an attempt to fool...hiding behind a mask of one's own making; acts which disallow one from from being true to self. It's sad...so many fall into this trap....I guess it might be self hatred or lack of acceptance. Feeling that "I" am not enough, nor am "I" acceptable as 'I" am....so, desperation sets in and the charade begins. Sometimes station, sometimes, position, age, lineage....reasons why one might pretend to be someone else. Sad. Beautifully written, amazing empathy and insight into our frail natures...just a fabulously talented writer, Amy.

As I have urged you to do before...you MUST put it all together for an E-Book or hard cover. You are that great and individual a writer, Amy....All ups but funny!!!


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Amy Becherer 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

No matter what's happening, Kathy, through you empathy and understanding, I feel connected. You have a rare gift that transcends understanding. You feel at an intuitive, gut level. I've never known another person that was more caring and nurturing. You shine like a beacon and your comments, without exception, reflect that.

I'm a stranger to publishing, but want to. Life gets in the way. I'm trying to carve out a niche of time when I can get down to the brass tacks of just doing it. Do you have a suggestion, Kathy, for a website that simplifies self-publishing? I need to research e-books, as it appears it is the most economical direction to pursue. I'm still floundering through the options. Once I make a decision, like with everything else, the hard part will be behind me. Then, it's just a matter of doing it. Thank you for your confidence-inspiring support, dearest friend.

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