Monday, December 21, 2009

Masquerade

Here's a poem that I wrote that elaborates on my older post, 'Fearfully and Wonderfully Made.' Hope you like it.

Tell me, what is personality?
It is just an idea of me,
Made up by friends, made up by foes.
But they could never truly know.

Who I really am—neither do I—
I’m made up, I’m just a lie.
I am concealed, like I have something to hide,
An empty vase with empty ideas inside,

I know what the world wants, so I do what they say,
The real me doesn’t matter to them, anyway.
I’ve gone in and I’ve fixed all of the previous defects,
And anything bad that the world might detect.

You might say, “be yourself,” well, I agree:
Who else can be other than me?
No one likes the original version, they never do;
So you have to be anyone other than you.

Don’t look at me that way, as if you don’t do it as well,
You’re made up of ideas, in other words, an empty shell—
You pretend too, you hide behind a pretense
In this harsh world, it’s our only defense.

Life is a game, you have to learn how to play,
You have to know what to do and what not to say
Like hide and seek, make-believe, or charades
Life’s just a game, a simple masquerade.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

what about God? you say life is a game and we have to know what to do.. i don't know if you were stating the fact that people can't look at someone and judge them if they don't know them.
i might be getting the wrong idea here, i'm tired.

Lyssa said...

okay, listen. we all judge people. we all pretend to be who we're not. it doesn't matter who you are or what you do or what you believe in--you're not the real 'you.' the real you is, in fact, the made up 'you.' that's who you are, who you become.

Anonymous said...

first off there were alot of "you's" in that comment. but uhh how do you know what the real you is? if you have never experienced it? you say "you aren't the real you. well was there a time when you "Were" the "real" you???

Lyssa said...

yeah, there is a time. but then there comes a time when we start to realize that we won't always get what we want if we cry non-stop, people won't like us if we drool and don't speak English so we have to change. haha i don't really know, i just know that we all have to adapt to societal conventions and there are things we have to do in order to be accepted by the people around us. therefore, our 'personality' is really made up of ideas and thoughts of the people we do or do not interact with.

Anonymous said...

i see what your saying. but to a certain extent, like doing what other people want. but we also have our own type of personality, i mean we are all created in God's own image, and we are all different from eachother. i think there are a lot of people who are who they are, and not who other people say they are. idk if that made sense haha but i basically agree.

Jonathon Arntson said...

I like the messages you send out in "Masquerade". While I disagree with the third verse, I think it important to realize that life, and personality, is all about balance. If you go too far nice, you are taken advantage of and you become compromised. If you go to far bad, well, we see that all too often.

When you look in the mirror each day, do you look at your physical traits or do you search deeper and meander inside? You cannot say neither, and most likely you can't say one more than the other. Almost everyone does both.

The game is played, no one ever wins, it's losing that a lot of people do, but like a thirteen hour game of Risk, you just have to hang in their and keep moving yourself around until you find your niche.

Remember: the most important thing is not pleasing other people, and it's not pleasing yourself. It is finding that balance between self-identity and change based on criticism.

I have thoroughly enjoyed the few posts of yours I have read. You are genuine, sharp, and you play your QWERTY like a violin.