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BEHIND THAT EVERYDAY SMILE



you put on your best face
everyday for everyone
you greet them all
with the warmest smile
anyone has ever seen
the joy in your voice
is resounding
we’d swear you were
the happiest person alive
not many really know
what is going on inside
it’s not all that pretty
and tears are shed
but only alone in isolation
when behind you
you’ve shut the door 
and hung up your plastic smile
you’re free to drop your disguise
and feel an emptiness too difficult to bear
you don’t share that pain with many
why give it strength
that’s your way to control it
lasso it and not let it consume you
the joy you bring to others
is your way of fighting back
and hanging on until tomorrow



posted on January 11, 2019

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Date: 1/12/2019 7:11:00 AM
A brilliant piece of advice.
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Line Gauthier
Date: 1/12/2019 7:23:00 AM
Thanks for your much appreciated visit and comment, ML.
Date: 1/11/2019 11:30:00 PM
Line, this is so many many many many of us: "but only alone in isolation when behind you you’ve shut the door and hung up your plastic smile" Society is so fearful of the real. which is probably why we write.
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Date: 1/12/2019 7:24:00 AM
Yes writing sets us free in both whimsy and reality... if only for a while.
Date: 1/11/2019 4:35:00 PM
Wow, I really like this poem Line. Well done :)
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Line Gauthier
Date: 1/11/2019 5:17:00 PM
Thank you so much, Heidi. Much appreciated.