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Misunderstood
Amy, Age 14, Merced, CA

They look at me
But they donít see me
They hear me
But they donít listen to me

I am alone in this world
No one has bothered
To really get to know me
They just accepted what was already there

I am misunderstood
Take a closer look
Iím still there
Hidden beneath the mask

You think you know me
But you know an act
You know what the world wants to see
You donít know me

I want you to know me
But I wonít give up my mask
You have to take it off
Even though Iíll put up a struggle

I am misunderstood
Take a closer look
Iím still there
Hidden beneath the mask

My faÁade is my protection
It keeps the world from seeing
My true feelings
The pain, the hurt, the sorrow

If I keep the mask up
And everyone at a distance
I can block the feelings
That sometimes threatens to overwhelm

I am misunderstood
Take a closer look
Iím still there
Hidden beneath the mask

But I want someone trying to find me
Someone to try and break through the mask
But no one has every tried
Doesnít anybody truly care?

I want to feel loved and wanted
But not for being smart or talented
Or pretty or nice
I want to be loved for me

I am misunderstood
Take a closer look
Iím still there
Hidden beneath the mask

You say you care
And that you want to help
But how do I know you donít just want
To expose my aching soul to the world

Just go away
I can fix my own problems
I donít want your pity
I want your love

I am misunderstood
Take a closer look
Iím still there
Hidden beneath the mask

Itís useless
I know it is
No one will save me
Because there is no one who cares enough

I keep it bottled up
I donít want them to know
The feelings that torture me
But Iíve found my outlet

I am misunderstood
Take a closer look
Iím still there
Hidden beneath the mask

When I put it on paper
My heart written in words
I feel the burden ease slightly
It helps me make it through

You say you love me
But you donít know who I am
You could know
If you only took the time

I am misunderstood
Take a closer look
Iím still there
Hidden behind the mask

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