Charade: (n) an absurd pretense intended to create a pleasant or respectable appearance.
When the hair started thinning, I grew it out longer and tried to comb it over the top of my crown, but didn’t fool anyone.
I often exaggerated my potency when in the presence of female friends so as to appear one of the great bulls in the herd.
When I was younger, I found reasons why people who were better than me were actually just hiding their inefficiency and sin.
I lied to get out of predicaments and then, when that seemed to work, sometimes I lied just to make myself look superior.
I pretended to like people because they had money or position.
I pretended to dislike people because they didn’t.
I went through the motions of religious shenanigans, trying to convince those around me that I was truly committed.
I pretended to be smart when I was dumb and equally put on the charade of being dumb when I knew more than I pretended.
I’ve never been good at charades.
Too many motions and gestures around people who just don’t get it.