I am smiling for you
In the photo.
Hoping that my arresting smile
Will stop you from looking further.
I don’t want you to notice
That that smile never reached my eyes
That my dress hides my bruises
That the scars on my soul are invisible
That the constant pain I am in
Is camouflaged by
I don’t want anyone to have an inkling
Of what I am put through everyday.
So I smile.