Pretense

No one will find behind these eyes
All of the things I hide
If I pretend long enough
No one will ever find what’s mine.

I’ve worn the mask before
I know what it’s for
I’m not afraid
To sink into the masquerade.

Just shuffle through the faces
Find the one that fits
The one you need right now.

If you feign the strength long enough
Maybe you’ll make your own along the way
Maybe the love I fear
Is the one I should’ve killed long ago?

As long as there is fire burning deep inside
I’ll be able to find my way
As long as the face I wear is the one
The one I see in the mirror
I can never stray too far
From where I need to be.

So I can play in the masquerade
I can stay behind these veiled eyes
As long as no one knows what’s mine.

If I pretend to be what you know
Maybe even the face will change
Be better than who I am now.

There is no surrender
When wearing the mask
Just protecting your heart
Just letting it rest.

No shame in hiding
Behind strength you don’t own
No shame in wearing
The face you’ve made

Come join me

Let’s play in the masquerade.

-AJ Sandhu 2015

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