Can you live up to the expectations of others,
before subduing your own internal troubles.
Can you disregard the turmoil from within,
building false narratives for the foe or friend.
What part of you are you willing to tear away,
pretenses! those lies in the games that we play.
A smile that sags yes! adjusting it for a friend,
the strength that does not flow before your foe.
Demons of suspicion that we bring onto yourself,
the dignity that is lost we hide from everyone else.
So what do you tell yourself in the still of the night,
holding on to those fears that you keep out of sight.