You Only Live Once

“I wear my mask because it fits me good.

Hide my sadness just like it should.”

-Lacey Mckenzie

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You only live once, but once is enough .

Some have it easy, most do it tough.

Looking out the gate the pain sets in…

Not goin nowhere, never gonna win.

Thoughts of disappearing always on my mind.

Time is something I long to rewind.

Nothing is easy, that now I see…

Tired of this life….it means nothing to me.

The smile I show, the laugh you hear

It’s all a big lie… there’s nothing but fear.

Bed is the place where I wanna stay

Sleep keeps me safe and outta the way.

I’m always waiting for the good things to come but like I

said… it doesn’t happen for some.

It sounds like I’m weak but I tell you I’m not.

I’ve survived on my own, I’ve been through a lot.

The feelings I have I will never see through.

I’m better than that, I will wait for my cue.

I just want things that seem important to me.

Love would be nice … it makes me feel free.

Days have been slow, years fly by fast.

Wish I could forget the things of my past.

I wear my mask because it fits me good.

Hides my sadness just like it should.

My smile with fool because no one really cares..

It just stops the talking.. the told you so stares…

-Lacey Mckenzie

Lacey Mckenzie

Lacey is a 37 year old mother of three from Australia. She grew up in the country town of Beaudesert,  Australia. Ran away from home at fifteen and began this crazy ride called life.

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1 year ago

Awesome Lacey 💖

luisa zambrotta
1 year ago


The Wheelchair Teen
1 year ago

I really liked this poem! I think we’ve all sometimes felt these feelings – especially the line about wanting to ‘rewind time’. I’m glad that the speaker in the poem is still standing up strong against it though.

1 year ago

Hang in there. Your chance will come and when it comes, you want to be ready for it. Don’t let the present discourage you and you will prevail. I am sure of it.

1 year ago

Yes I feel that too and sometimes I feel so stifled and dispirited. LOL.

Suma Reddy
1 year ago

Hi Lacey, glad to read you dear powerful. Your poem is as lovely as you. My Loves to you 😇❤

1 year ago

So deep and honest.😌 Beautifully written.

Lacey Mckenzie
Lacey Mckenzie
1 year ago

Thank you for taking time to read ❤

Pooja G
1 year ago

Powerful and wonderfully written 💖

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