I have a face I put in place;
It's what I wear when folks are there.
For those only who want to see
the way they think I ought to be.
I live in times that have no light,
just cloudy darkness, endless night.
I no longer see the sun,
I laugh but never feel the fun.
When I arise to start a day,
I stumble as I make my way.
I don't know who's really me,
I'm not the one I used to be.
I have no heart to fill with joy,
I lost it when I lost my boy.
The future is so bleak to me,
I choose to not let others see.
So when people stop to ask,
I hide behind my smiling mask.
Written by Dianna J. Brendle