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Dry Mascara


Nobody sees through the shadow and the color of my eyes
The times I've cried are the only time you notice the trace down my face
This time,  
The sorrow at heart is deeper than anything I've ever penned or spoke of,
  an atmosphere of dark film and Revlon
Many times I allowed myself to die, only to return to the living 
The numbness of my soul, delivers weight nobody can lift

Talk of black eyes,   the tale of my life reopens every scar
On good days, the sun seems to stray from where I lay,
    Only to reveal the paste that drowns my face
At times I blank out the pain, 
  the depression compiles the close quarters of my room
Even then, I can't escape every past wound I covered up
Hiding was never the problem, the healing process was

Institutionalized, no longer able to function as a whole 
Each cell inside replicates a tight thick wall with no escape 
The laughter of nothing sinks into a gulf of tears
With moods more melancholy than most  
I press the pain that echoes hard within my head  
- I weep
Deep sadness flows with no mercy,     no reason
  Nothing to cancel out the voices that hush my inner being
In a whisper I ask for  H E L P, 
- I bleed
Nobody sees me, nobody hears me,   NOBODY.....
The  mascara ruins another fake mask

Grief is somber,   
  a constant reminder to my soul that it can't hide forever
Silence   -   callous
Until I can't feel anything....
Empty     -   detached
I felt myself become numb 
Emotions gone 
I   laughed   at   the   end.

Copyright © Poet Destroyer A | Year Posted 2020


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Date: 12/1/2022 6:52:00 PM

Yes Are things that dry? Come by if not only to say hello.
Date: 11/18/2022 1:23:00 AM

Good morning, Linda. I was wondering where on earth you have been hiding these past couple of years. You've been missed, and I hope you are keeping well. Would be lovely to hear from you :) Take care // paul
Date: 9/16/2022 6:41:00 AM

I haven't heard from you in such a long time. I wonder what might have happened. Sara
Date: 7/24/2022 7:53:00 AM

Greetings! It has been years since I have been on poetry soup, but felt compelled to look you up. I hope you are doing well. Thanks for your words of encouragement years ago. Hugs to you!
Date: 6/18/2022 9:53:00 PM

Long time no see. Its been years since I've been on PS and I am so glad to see you are still writing. Your work is so good. Just reading some of my work from the past and we did a poem together.
Date: 4/4/2022 5:05:00 AM

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Date: 2/5/2022 2:34:00 PM

Goddamn!! Lol you have continued to progress and impress with everything you have written always look forward to reading. With love, Gerald
Date: 2/2/2022 6:06:00 AM

"Hiding was never the problem, the healing process was"....This is awesome and touching....Nice Line you dropped here.....
Date: 1/21/2022 11:39:00 AM

Just saw you around today at Joe's poem and wanted to come say hello. I hope your life is going ok. so much happening these days!! Well, that's all, just hello and hope you are well
Date: 1/19/2022 3:36:00 PM

This was a very pour out your heart kind of piece. it was really nice to read more of your work Linda. I hope you have been well dear friend. Jess :)
Date: 1/19/2022 12:14:00 PM

I hear you, my friend. It seems to go with poetry, the rocket highs and the dismal lows. Don't no why it is this way -- but have seen this with many writers. Myself. I painfully wait downs out, knowing they will pass, and then some wonderful poetry will pour out, non stop. Even the sadness of this poem, is brilliantly lit...not something that comes from mere sparks of soul. The price we pay to touch stars. Hang in there. This is excellent writing. Joe.
Date: 1/18/2022 1:13:00 PM

Happy New Year, Linda. Thanks for your kind comment on my song. I hope rhat my greeting finds you in a good cheer! I love your poem, " Dry Mascara ". I have the same feelings of sadness as you do. We can't hide forever behind a mask and cry, feeling that's the end of the world. Hope never fades, our faith must remain strong always. Happy Tusday and smile!
Date: 1/11/2022 11:49:00 AM

Sweet Linda, to write so vividly of such deep pain, do come back to the light. It is good to return to PS, after my 7 year hiatus, trying to find my way. I missed communicating with you. One of the highlights of my life was writing poetry with you. Be well Linda and bless you in this New Year! Neva
Date: 1/1/2022 9:07:00 AM

How good you are.
Date: 12/30/2021 2:22:00 PM

So impressive how you progressed :) keep growing!!
Date: 12/12/2021 1:31:00 PM

Still writing great poetry as always, this was great, i'm back
Date: 11/6/2021 10:31:00 PM

You are incredible, your poetry is fantastic, all the best Bernie.
Date: 10/30/2021 8:44:00 PM

Mascara was spot-on my friend in the pen/G. Fields ??
Date: 10/21/2021 9:20:00 AM

I liked esp the 'mascara ruins and gulf of tears' lines but the whole poem is poignancy expressed so eloquently wow! Cheer up and take care. Kudos! >>>>>>>>>>>>><<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<~~~~~`¶§ Plz do read and comment my newest poem too
Date: 9/15/2021 8:34:00 PM

Wow!!!!!! Extremely powerful and compelling imagery. This was a great first poem for me to read since I'very been away from this site for the past few years. Definitely inspires the writer in me and I hope if this is your authentic real story you're inspired as well. Well done!
Date: 8/8/2021 5:15:00 PM

This distance you put between yourself and the past is remarkable. I loved this Ray of sunshine may it caress your hurt heart everytime..
Date: 7/11/2021 11:37:00 AM

Oh I missed your words.. Linda.. ~xoxo
Date: 7/11/2021 7:26:00 AM

Emotive and expressive work. I wonder is it about you or someone in your family or someone close that you know? Sara
Date: 6/30/2021 9:48:00 PM

Date: 5/24/2021 3:00:00 PM

Hi PD, here I am again, and I think well it really Can be that bad, but also things improve..' And I appreciated the laughter bit, I really Need It if thus is just the prelude to the serious stuff! But no 'do you find the hardest thing is Allowing yourself to be happy? As that you Are closing a chapter that you did not want Opened first off' and if there were some who Made errors they were not aware of? its hard To turn your back on them but there is no way back to reason with them, hard sfuff'
Date: 5/21/2021 8:59:00 PM

You are right about hiding. Tears and sorrow are something we all experience but may never know why it is so. You were one of first 2 comment on my work in 2016. Hope you will post some more this year 2021. Regards David in NZ
Date: 3/21/2021 7:00:00 PM

APD, All precious days have a beginning and an end. All precious in their rarity, and the love they choose to send. I hope that you feel the love too. -Richard
Date: 3/20/2021 2:34:00 PM

Yours is... The Pen of Pens! May I borrow some of your ink?
Date: 3/17/2021 1:41:00 AM

Ha ha funny yet so emotional...great writing skills. At least am back Linda and would love to hear from you.
Date: 2/25/2021 2:10:00 PM

Your pen is no less potent then when last you posted. A difficult topic but you captured the essence with this piece. I hope it is not a current experience. Hugs Rick.
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