They run away
when she is sad,
she plays pretend,
to make them glad.
A smile attracts more of the same,
but tears cascade with profound shame.
When life is good
all hands are in,
but shades of blues
fade bonds too thin.
Forget the pain just dance and sing,
swallow sad thoughts and wear a grin.
She makes believe,
hopes to find truths
within her lies.
Carries the burdens thrown by all,
close allies hide before she falls.
A hollow space
fills up her heart,
Slowly inhales, shuts her eyes tight,
clear visions spark an inner light.
Hears voices whisper in her mind,
wisdom so sweet and ever kind.
“Others will act in their own way,
do not let brightness fade or sway.
Tomorrow carries wants and goals,
learn to” let go”, regain control .”
A shiny smile caressed her lips,
stagnant sadness suddenly slips.
Inside pure joy tickled her soul,
at last she felt complete and whole.
– Grace Y. Estevez – Reddy
Originally Published on January 7, 2022