You Don't Know Me

You Don't Know Me

A Poem by ReedWrite
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You Don’t Know Me

 

You see my face,

Yet that’s not me…it’s not the essence, but the mask you see.

 

You hear my voice,

But the timbre misleads…a false, but comfortable reality, to believe.

 

You nod at my words,

Empty as they are…acknowledging the veneer; never the scars.  

 

You accept what you perceive,

Such a neat little box.

Wrapped in conformingly pretty paper,

That in itself mocks.

 

You see the façade,

It’s what I allow…but that’s never been me, and isn’t me now.


© 2016 ReedWrite



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The real 'us' is a precious commodity in some people's eyes and with that in mind it is emcumbent upon us to only let those we fully trust close enough to see. And then again - they are the ones who often do the deepest damage. Does anyone ever truly get to know someone - how many times does life tell us No! Tales of the wife and the secret cross-dressing husband, the mom and her drug-taking son, the friend and their friend who back-stabs them at every opportunity.

It's a dog eat real persona of other dog world out there.
Good writing RW.

Posted 9 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Tony Jordan

9 Months Ago

Yes its a two way street.
Thank you RW for always being such a friend.
Happy New Year... read more
ReedWrite

9 Months Ago

LOL..welllll, Tony. A bit of flush looks good on you, my friend. Makes me wonder what other things m.. read more
Tony Jordan

9 Months Ago

Lots of things
Like, like sunburn and netflix and chilling...hahah
;p


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"You don't Know Me"
ReedWrite,
Third stanza gave the full thread of inner working of the human soul. We can only respond to one another from a outer persona:
"You nod at my words,
Empty as they are...acknowledging the veneer; never the scars."
We are a complex and wonderful bundle changing an in process. With many layers. I guess it depends on what we allow viewed of ourselves and how long we are acquainted with any one person.
"You see the facade,
It's what I allow...but that's never been me, and isn't me now."


Posted 2 Weeks Ago


I think we humans are so good at wearing masks, in deceiving others that we often deceive ourselves in what we truly are or rather forget our trueselves.. This was thought provoking! I loved reading this! Nicely penned ☺

Posted 9 Months Ago


The real 'us' is a precious commodity in some people's eyes and with that in mind it is emcumbent upon us to only let those we fully trust close enough to see. And then again - they are the ones who often do the deepest damage. Does anyone ever truly get to know someone - how many times does life tell us No! Tales of the wife and the secret cross-dressing husband, the mom and her drug-taking son, the friend and their friend who back-stabs them at every opportunity.

It's a dog eat real persona of other dog world out there.
Good writing RW.

Posted 9 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Tony Jordan

9 Months Ago

Yes its a two way street.
Thank you RW for always being such a friend.
Happy New Year... read more
ReedWrite

9 Months Ago

LOL..welllll, Tony. A bit of flush looks good on you, my friend. Makes me wonder what other things m.. read more
Tony Jordan

9 Months Ago

Lots of things
Like, like sunburn and netflix and chilling...hahah
;p
This face in the mirror, how it mocks the world, for it is not the reflection of what is within, only a glimpse of the shell. You speak this with such vibrant depth, letting us know that all we can behold is what you unveil to us. Stirring, poignant poem.

Posted 11 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

ReedWrite

11 Months Ago

Thank you C!
You read poetry the way you write it...stepping into every word, feeling it, liv.. read more
An owl on the moon

11 Months Ago

Words are a most extravagant escape from life's cold winds, so it's my pleasure. :)
sometimes, it's really nev'r true what we see through eyes, & feels through the vibrancy of bare heart. very deep verse you've come up with. captivating, for sure!

Posted 11 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

ReedWrite

11 Months Ago

Thank you very much, Adam.
I appreciate that you took time to read and comment.
Adams

11 Months Ago

i always "take" time for... those who oft. (oh i mean... OFTEN.. xoxo) dance up & down upon and acro.. read more
ReedWrite

11 Months Ago

LOL...thank you...that reply is poetry in itself.
We all need that veneer at times, to protect us from the games that other people play with our emotions. Sometimes, we need to cut people out of our lives that are unhealthy for us. It can be painful, but required. Other times, we simply know that they will never truly know or see the real us, until they stop hiding behind their own mask first, or stop long enough to actually see the person we are beneath.
Wonderfully captured.

Posted 11 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

ReedWrite

11 Months Ago

Yes...you got it. You can waste a lot of time being what someone else tells you you're supposed to b.. read more
ReedWrite

11 Months Ago

Hopefully this made sense...lol. I am falling asleep at the computer. Bedtime for me I think. :)
Lorry.

11 Months Ago

You're very welcome. Feel sorry for the haters, never hate them. :)
i feel the sadness ...the loneliness ... even depression ...all the products of vain attempts to "hide" .. the irony of it all being the other side ... those looking in .. or not .. and making all those first impressions that can chain a relationship forever .. it can be like the trembling huddle of bats roosting ...in a small place .. blind and afraid yet needing the touch ... i like the way you arranged the couplets ..short long short long .. the quatrain emphasizes itself simply be being different ;)
E.

Posted 11 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

ReedWrite

11 Months Ago

Thank you, Einstein. I try to follow the rules of poetry, to some degree, but I also feel the emotio.. read more
Lovely form. We're pretty good at that aren't we...our common deception. Exhausting keeping that up though. It's a survival thing a coping thing a protection thing. We all have our reasons, and we all play the part. Never a good idea to stay there too long, you end up losing yourself. Like this a lot. R xo

Posted 12 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

ReedWrite

12 Months Ago

Hugs you tight. Thank you! Yes...Many days I feel this is me, even now. Since my divorce, I've tried.. read more
The complex human being smiling at the world.
Someone once told me, no one smiles that much.
We all wear that mask to get us through the day, or even through our life.
But i suppose if it does the job, then that's fine.
And if that fails. I always play the Stones, Wild Horses.
A lot of depth to your poems, Like that.

Posted 12 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

ReedWrite

12 Months Ago

Thank you, Paul. I appreciate the read and review...and I love the Stones, too, lol.
Lovely piece. Indeed we all put on faces or mask to hide ourselves away from others. The structure to this is nice also very easy flow. I like it!

Posted 12 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

ReedWrite

12 Months Ago

Thank you, Neal. It's one of my favorites. I appreciate the read and review.

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