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BEHIND THE SMILE

Just another sinking tear
In this river full of pain
Racing fast to nowhere
A world that's gone insane
Hope committed suicide
Before I had the chance
Forced to live without you
Teased by fool's romance

But it's alright you'll never know
I'm living dead but I don't show
Empty words and hollow eyes
Behind the smile I hide my lies

Everyone has the answer
None of them are right
The blind lead the blind
Pretending to have sight
Love is such a cruel illusion
A distracting fool's delight
Left me poor and naked
Under a waterfall of night

But it's alright you'll never know
I'm living dead but I don't show
Empty words and hollow eyes
Behind the smile I hide my lies

Handcuffed by our society
Scorned to a water grave 
Drowning in a sea of lonely
And too far gone to save

But it's alright you'll never know
I'm living dead but I don't show
Empty words and hollow eyes
Behind the smile I hide my lies

~Lyric Man

Note: I wanted to write a break-up song that was so painful.. each line works as a separate, horrific story. And it comes like unrelenting waves rushing over its helpless, loveless victim. And still, this broken soul tries to hide that they've drown in an eternal water grave of rejection, behind a blank, artificial smile. My hope was to create a picture of complete and utter emptiness. Because if you've tasted true love and then lost it forever.. that's how desperately awful it feels! 

Copyright © | Year Posted 2018




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Date: 7/24/2018 12:01:00 AM
What a terrific piece.. Great job!
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Date: 7/16/2018 8:12:00 AM
understandable love and hate pain I think, it's always good to see an other seeker writing about that love this sir!
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Date: 7/8/2018 7:48:00 PM
This is a masterpiece!!! Keep writing!!!
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Date: 7/7/2018 8:21:00 PM
Beyond the technical crafting of this work lies what I must call insight. The messaging here makes me think but most of all it tells me that the writer has already done a deep dive into reality in order to write this so succinctly in the first place. Lovely.
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Date: 7/2/2018 8:18:00 PM
Touching one. I enjoyed.
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Date: 7/1/2018 7:03:00 PM
'I'm living dead but I don't show', I love these words. We cab be proud even in our deepest pain. Beautiful.
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Date: 6/29/2018 9:32:00 PM
I love it... strong words. It's alright you'll never know I'm living dead but don't show empty words and hollow eyes, behind the smile I hide my lies...I related to Behind the Smile. Great!!
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Date: 6/29/2018 6:33:00 AM
Way to go Lyric Man...this works for me on a level that goes beyond the pain and suffering merely of lost love. I especially like the repetitive stanza verse driving home the theme. Well done! Terry
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Date: 6/28/2018 8:14:00 PM
I ambled with you line by line Thank you for an engaging time! atb JE
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Date: 6/27/2018 5:29:00 AM
I that have lost true love know this inspired gem nails it my friend! That feeling of the world has crashed and life no longer has meaning. Yet if one but has Hope, the future heals. We all face the trials in our lives and survive to carry on,if we do not abandon Hope. A FAV.. a shining gem this is...
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Date: 6/26/2018 10:56:00 PM
Kudos to you, Lyric, for your richly-deserved POTD honor for this soul soul-rending song. Best always, Gershon
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Date: 6/25/2018 9:11:00 PM
Nice Lyric Man... sad but yet the soul of the poem is hopeful... Congratulations...All the best
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Date: 6/25/2018 1:47:00 PM
Excellent choice for POTD..
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Date: 6/25/2018 9:02:00 AM
Congratulations on your well deserved POTD Lyric Man, as I read this I could feel the sadness being expressed so in my humble opinion you have succeeded in what you wanted to achieve.
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Date: 6/24/2018 9:12:00 PM
Your poignancy and poetry dance so beautifully in your painfully sad lyric, Lyric. Congratulations on your wonderful and well deserved POTD honors for your deeply heartfelt and moving poem. Warmest wishes my friend.. ~Susan
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Date: 6/24/2018 9:31:00 AM
Lyric Man, Congratulations on the POTD honor here with this powerfully written Lyric. One can readily identify with the pain, sadness, and emotions of your write. Lost Love is always full of pain and memories. Excellent Work!! Best Always, Gary
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Date: 6/24/2018 1:05:00 AM
An exquisite write about a lost love! To me it is a triumph over love! Having gained such gracious write! From the depth of pain does beauty grow.. Congratulations on your POTD! A recognition well earned.. Stay blessed.
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Date: 6/23/2018 5:58:00 PM
You sure masterfully achieved your goal - simple words that shoot straight to the mark. Thankfully you have POTD as I missed this one new. Great pick
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Date: 6/23/2018 3:52:00 PM
So much pain, hidden, but not quite. Losing a love, a lifetime of, can be unbearable. Hiding behind a smile leaves you weary and worn. I feel this one, beautifully heart wrenching. Wonderful POTD!
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Date: 6/23/2018 3:42:00 PM
Back with a big congratulations on POTD.. Hugs Eve
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Date: 6/23/2018 3:34:00 PM
Your poem is written on such a scorned heart with bitterness for your retreat. The poem does speak volume in the words that bring it together so nicely. I really like the arrangement and the flow of the rhymes, Not to mention how it runs deep into a person soul if you were on the receiving end of such a story. Great poem Jack2
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Date: 6/23/2018 2:32:00 PM
It is such a painful write, a fav for me. You are absolutely right that once we lost the person we love, our life is like a living dead, nothing seems to be nice, we don t like to do anything, just lie by the bed and cry,and the worse thing is that life still go on, no matter what happens, you continue to live on, many congratulations on your poem being chosen as POTD, it is indeed a beauty
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Date: 6/23/2018 1:36:00 PM
A smile can hide many emotions the heart holds. Once broken, it takes time to heal. Feeling empty inside, that ache never leaves. Or so it seems. However, there is always hope. ~ Maia
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Date: 6/23/2018 12:58:00 PM
Back to say congratulations on POTD, LM
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Date: 6/23/2018 12:34:00 PM
What a great break-up son, Lyric Man, the pain is felt by all. Congrats on the well deserved POTD. John
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