Written for Mind and Life Matters’ Limerick Challenge Week 5: Pain


And her eyes were like the clouds shedding tears

A cumulus of heartaches, pains, and fears

Tears rolled down like droplets of rain

Hiding beneath the smile she feigns

A silent scream, deep down, nobody hears

It is painful enough to have a silent scream but to have to put up a smile to hide it, is even more agonizing. Some people fake a smile because they have no one to turn to, some people fear that they’ll be misunderstood, while some would rather keep the suffering to themselves than be a burden to anyone else. Oftentimes, it’s a tug-of-war between breaking down and faking smile.

So, today, I hope we find time to let it go. Let it all go, even just for a minute. Don’t try to hold it in. Cry, scream, drop the fake smile. And then breathe, take a deep one. 🙂