Standing

Not so confidently

In the limelight

So many eyes study me

But no one really sees me

I’ve created a façade

Of serenity, of happiness

I look like I have it all together

I’ve hidden it well,

The turmoil in my mind

The battles that rage constantly

My smile implies

I’m strong enough

So they overlook me

Save their concern for

The openly broken

I am bypassed,

Left to carry my pain

On shoulders

Ill-equipped to handle the load

This hurt seems invisible

For who would ever believe

That someone like me is

Crying

Fighting

Dying

For a way out…

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