Dear Pretence*

*Part of the  free verse “Dear Series” collaboration with my poetry Queen, my dear soul-sister, my cheerleader and encourager, my lovely friend, Nandita of Manan Unleashed.

Dear Pretence*


A master in fakery
I make delicious lies,
with mask of bravery
and grinning wide smiles.

Sugar coated bitterness
a good facade you make
Smile laced with uneasiness
What an effort it must take!

Bitter crocodile tears
hides my inner grimace,
as one’s fears
were slowly realized.

Oh the dryness underneath
Misty flowery wreaths
Fear you hide beneath
The anger that seethes

My flattering words,
were never ever pure,
real praises I can’t afford,
cause I’m the best, for sure.

your honeyed words I feel
Compliments not meant
Dear Pretence, be real
how long can you pretend?

Photocredit: Unsplash

Thank you again dear Nandita for anotherlovely collaboration (despite your busy schedule. :)) It will always be my honor. 🙂❤

Read the rest of our Dear-Series:

Dear Distance

Dear Envy

Dear Hatred

Dear Failure

Dear Judgement


49 thoughts on “Dear Pretence*”

  1. Hi Rose. My internet is so crappy, i cant tell you. Couldnt even open the link to the image, let alone upload it. I’m sorry. Will do it as soon as the Lord of Internet decides to be a little merciful to me.
    And yes, I really enjoy our Dear series, my dear girl! Thank you for partnering with me time and again. ❤

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  2. Yay! The Dear Series 🙂 I’ve always loved them. I love the topics you girls choose and, of course, the way you weave the words… 🙂

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  3. Great job on the collaberation. I can definitely see many examples of pretence in your poem. To me another word would be insincerity or even ungenuine. What the one person says isn’t real, it’s not authentic, it’s all lies said trying to appear a certain away, a person really isn’t.

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  4. Such an imaginative, acerbic rendering of pretence. I’m especially drawn to the lines that show chinks in pretence’s armor: “Oh the dryness underneath” and “real praises I can’t afford,” as (revealing) examples.

    Another telling verse in this happy (I mean it) collaboration!

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  5. Ooh.. fiery and so true. We’re living in this grand ball of masks and sugar-coated words that some end up losing their real “self”. This one’s a thought-provoking piece and very smoothly done. Kudos! 😀

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