A Poem by AJ Ouzts II



You see me, but I am just an illusion

You believe this is truly me, but what you really see is just fabricated

You see me as kind and compassionate, but I really detest the sight of you


There are many of us who fabricate what we want others to see us as

Or perhaps we put on this illusion because we are scared of what we truly are

Our array of emotions and feelings are just fragile pieces of glass

So we put up a façade that we believe is an impenetrable fortress

But that too shatters as easily as glass


Who truly knows the real you

You have a façade for your parents

But on the other hand you have one for your friends

And then another for others

You have so many façades that you do not know who is the real you


We classify some people as schizophrenic

But we as a people have the same problem, just with better control of it

We criticize people who hold true to their convictions, but do not have any of our own

We are quick to say that someone is fake, but we too are fake of what we portray

Hypocrite, who are you to decide who is fake


Not all use a façade to hide behind

But many are guilty of it

Dare to be yourself

Don’t hide behind something as fragile a façade

It’s just an illusion that you have fabricated

© 2012 AJ Ouzts II

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Wow, as a reader I didn’t feel like I was reading at all, but rather looking into a clear mirror that reflects myself. This was an interesting stroll deep within the dark depths of my mind that I alone can see, so great job in revealing the most secretive coves. What's cool about this poem is that everyone can relate to it.
The ending is like the cherry on top because it dares you to be yourself and it raises the questions of who you are as a person and who you want to be.

The title is appropriate and fits well. Thanks for sharing ;)

Posted 7 Years Ago

Very true of us humans. We do try to be someone we are not. Just so that people don't judge us. So true, thanks for sharing. :D

Posted 7 Years Ago

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Added on April 16, 2012
Last Updated on April 16, 2012
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AJ Ouzts II
AJ Ouzts II

Largo, MD

Hey everyone, I am Alonzo Ouzts II but you can call me AJ. Right now I am a Computer Engineering major and a Creative Writing minor. I play baseball for my school and I like to write about various .. more..