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The Great Pretender

About people hiding behind their masks - a great pretender, a person who pretends to be someone they are not, hinders themselves of true happiness.

About people hiding behind their masks – a great pretender, a person who pretends to be someone they are not, hinders themselves of true happiness. Surprisingly, some people who shy away from revealing themselves to others tend to be a diamond in the rough. Break the boundaries and show your true color. Chances are that there are genuine people who will love you for who you really are.


The Great Pretender


I once heard that you can only live in denial for so long

Pretending you are something that you are not, gets old

You start forgetting the lies you have told

And then begin to tell more lies to cover your tracks

When you aspire to grow up into a decent human being

No one ever says that they want to be the great pretender

They want to live a modest, humble, average life

When lies and deceit overtake you

That desired life seems to go by the wayside

Always something bigger and better and outstanding

It is all only a shiny facade

And all that glitters will surely rust and fade away

Tell the truth and be who you really are

Enable others to really know the real you

Avoid being the great pretender

It doesn’t benefit you

Plus, I have seen the glimmer of your genuine self

And I know I already like what I see


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Kelli J Gavin
Kelli J Gavin of Carver, Minnesota is a Writer, Blogger, and Professional Organizer. Kelli’s first two books, ‘I Regret Nothing’ and ‘My Name is Zach-A Teenage Perspective on Autism’, were released in 2019. She has also co-authored 15 anthology books. Her 3rd and 4th books will be published in 2020 and 2021. Kelli’s work can be found with Clarendon House Publishing, The Ugly Writers, Southwest Media, Zombie Pirates Publishing, Writing In a Woman’s Voice, The Writers Newsletter, Writers Unite!, Academy of the Heart & Mind, Sweatpants & Coffee, Love What Matters, The Rye Whiskey Review, Spillwords, The Writers and Readers Magazine, Mercurial Stories, 121 Words, HerStry, Passionate Chic Magazine, Ariel Chart, The Basil O’Flaherty, PPP Ezine, Otherwise Engaged, Pleather Skin, Paper.Li, and The New Ink Review, among others. My Name Is Zach was awarded as one of ‘The Best Special Needs Books of 2019’ and one of ‘The Best Special Needs Books of all Time’ by Book Authority. She is also featured among the ‘101 Emerging Authors From Around the World’ with Sweetycat Press published in 2020. Find Kelli on Twitter and Instagram @KelliJGavin and explore her blog at
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  1. Rhon Miguel Dela Cruz
    Rhon Miguel Dela Cruz

    Just be who you are, and don’t brag about something that you don’t have or don’t say something that aren’t you

  2. Cathexyanne Madarang
    Cathexyanne Madarang

    for me, my insight about this you have to take the mask off , just be true to yourself, you don’t have to be a great pretender just to hide the pain, the key here is to be who you are, don’t be someone you are not

  3. Roselle Alexandra Ocquiana
    Roselle Alexandra Ocquiana

    Doing something under the mask is like being in a prison for a long time and it is really hard. If you want yourself to be set free be who you really are.

  4. Canoza Jeraldine
    Canoza Jeraldine

    It is all about loving who you really are, on how your potentials and positive outlook overpower the insecurities and negativity. Letting yourself being the best version of yourself is the most desired happiness you could ever have.

  5. You’ll never know the true meaning of ” genuine happiness” if you’re living in a world full of lies. So, just be who you are & stop pretending to be someone else. Remember, it’s okay to be different as long as you’re true to yourself.

  6. Princess Mae Inopia
    Princess Mae Inopia

    Do not be afraid to show who you really are. It doesn’t really matter what other people would think of you-as long as your being true to yourself and you’re not causing harm to other people. Their opinions never really matter, what matters is that your happy and you can do anything you’d love to without hurting other people. But always know your limitation. People would want to love the real you not for someone you think they would.

  7. Patricia Mataac
    Patricia Mataac

    Sometimes hiding yourself or hiding who you are is really hard. Because we are afraid of judgment from people who don’t understand us. But in this world there’s always a judgement just don’t mind the people who are dragging you down. Just be yourself.

  8. Facebook became our escape from reality, making our new identity with personalities that we want to see in ourselves.

  9. The key to find the true essence of happiness is acceptance and contentment! You are born to be YOU not to be like others! If you think that pretending or hiding the true color of yours just to be accepted by others, I think that you’re wrong about it. In other to be love by others, the first thing you need to do is loving yourself first. Happiness is waving at you, so stop pretending!.

  10. Anne Bernadette Guiron
    Anne Bernadette Guiron

    just be yourself and everything will follow 🙂

  11. let us be who we are and that action will help us to be mature and live freely in our heart and our mind.

  12. Francisco Nicanor Nitro
    Francisco Nicanor Nitro

    Just be the best version of yourself😊

  13. Allison Danielle Smith
    Allison Danielle Smith

    In my opinion, you can take all the time you need to be comfortable of yourself. There’s no rushing this process. What matters is that you are able to show your true self in YOUR time and not others. Be yourself and surely your colors will flourish in no time.

  14. wow! its amazing poem. Acceptance is the key to be free.

  15. Raven Tricia Nicolas
    Raven Tricia Nicolas


  16. Nehemias Alcanar
    Nehemias Alcanar

    Just be who really you are!

  17. Ana Milen Dumaguing
    Ana Milen Dumaguing

    Be yourself and you’ll be calm and happy.

  18. Dominador Jr. Costillas
    Dominador Jr. Costillas

    Always be the best version of yourself

  19. Eurica Mae Alevio
    Eurica Mae Alevio

    always be yourself

  20. Kenneth Ivan Delacruz
    Kenneth Ivan Delacruz


  21. Angela Luz Calayo
    Angela Luz Calayo

    Everyone wears their own mask to hide things. Most people wear their mask because they are afraid of judgment. Just show your true colors and do not be afraid, no one will accept you if you can’t accept yourself. Everything starts in ourselves☺️

  22. Be yourself, don’t mind what others want you to be

  23. Don’t be afraid to show who you really are. Just be yourself and start doing great things.

  24. Aprille Gail Mari Domingo
    Aprille Gail Mari Domingo

    It is just accepting who really you are. It is not covering up yourself from another personality that is not who you are. Be true to ourselves.

  25. Nino Anton Ortiz
    Nino Anton Ortiz

    Never hide yourself and let everyone see you. Be courageous enough and not to use any mask, let them discover your inner self.

  26. april chemish abaca
    april chemish abaca

    We should show our true self. Don’t be that a great pretender.

  27. Marc Irvin Camba
    Marc Irvin Camba

    Love yourself

  28. Be true to yourself and others will be true to you. And you just need someone to be comfortable with to stop pretending in this world full of lies and deceit.

  29. Pretending is exhausting. But there will always come a time that we will pretend, maybe it is to attract attention, or the opposite. But either way, staying true to yourself and to everyone else is what makes you, you. We are all unique in our own ways, and that’s what makes us special.

  30. “It is better to be hated for what you are than to be loved for what you are not.”
    Accept and love you flaws so that, in return, others will do the same thing for you.

  31. Aeomarie De Guzman
    Aeomarie De Guzman

    Stop pretending. Every makes mistake

  32. The problem with our generation is some tend to fit in the standards the society constructed. Life is all about us, we have to be true to ourselves in order to live life to the fullest. Judgement of people has no bearing in our own life. ✨

  33. Sharina Lyn Naynes
    Sharina Lyn Naynes

    Just be true to yourself. Dont mind what other says to you

  34. Just be yourself 😉
    It’s better to live doing you.

  35. Just be yourself

  36. Julia Pauline Nieva
    Julia Pauline Nieva

    Having a mask is scary… Because day by day, you keep hiding yourself in the dark, pretending who you are not… But once you’ve taken it off, you’ll realize who pretty your scars are… Live up… Stand up! And be free…

  37. Love yourself and be yourself always

  38. Pretending and lying to yourself will only breed unhappiness. Stop pretending and be yourself.

  39. Love yourself and be true to yourself always

  40. Be yourself and accept whatever and whoever you are. The real beauty within you cannot be seen by others if you always choose to tell lies.

  41. John Russell Rodriguez Rodriguez
    John Russell Rodriguez Rodriguez

    So sad

  42. Decerie Dawn Guardiano
    Decerie Dawn Guardiano

    It so me. I’m a Great Pretender😂

  43. Mark Joseph Ramos
    Mark Joseph Ramos

    Pretending is depending on the environment that we’re surrounded. If we doesn’t cope with it. We better let go.

  44. Klein Kenneth Bartolome
    Klein Kenneth Bartolome

    Dont be afraid to show who you are!

  45. If you have a problem just ask a friend who can comfort you

  46. Cyrel Julian Pili
    Cyrel Julian Pili

    Be yourself always

  47. Its good to show yourself but sometimes it doesn’t reach mine and theirs expectation. So its better to just to pretend.

  48. Aubrey Joyce Ferrer
    Aubrey Joyce Ferrer

    Why do you need to hide if you have a chance to show who you are. You are special in everyway.

  49. Leo Mhar Pabello
    Leo Mhar Pabello

    It’s good to be true. So take off your mask and be yourself.

  50. Dante Franz Lalata
    Dante Franz Lalata

    Lying is bad

  51. Immarence Del Castañeda
    Immarence Del Castañeda

    its okay not to be okay 😪

  52. ❤❤❤❤❤

  53. Laurence Patrick Bernal
    Laurence Patrick Bernal


  54. Good poem

  55. Charles Darwin Lado
    Charles Darwin Lado


  56. Johaifah Sharif
    Johaifah Sharif

    Very inspiring

  57. Princess Ruby Flores
    Princess Ruby Flores

    This hits me alot 😪

  58. Mhar Jhane Lampitoc
    Mhar Jhane Lampitoc

    No one ever say yeah yeah yeah

  59. jhowin Doloeras
    jhowin Doloeras


  60. Appreciate yourself and be contented on what you have.

  61. Just be the best version of yourself. Dont mind others. You are created for a purpose.

  62. Erica Rose Bayog
    Erica Rose Bayog

    It wasn’t bad if we pretend sometimes, just don’t forget the real you. 😍

  63. Be true to yourself.

  64. a great pretender person is maybe the loneliest one.

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