Outwardly Smiling

You see a smile
And look away.
“She’s not depressed.”
I hear you say.
“She’s smiling, laughing, full of fun.”
Believe me,
I’m not the only one
Who’s sad inside,
But brave of face,
Trying hard not to embrace
The Demons lurking just within,
Stretching, poking at my skin.
They want to make their presence known,
And make me feel quite alone,
With Demons as my company.
That mustn’t happen.
Not to me.
So full of hate, despair and bile,
I’ll wear my mask
And force a smile.

Outwardly Smiling - a Poem by Pooky

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14 Responses to Outwardly Smiling

  1. bruisedbelly says:

    beautifully worded and so true


  2. Sometimes smiling our way through is good and sometimes we need to let the guard drop. Thats how it is for me anyway. Acting “as if” can be a positive thing but I think it needs to be balanced with showing sadness; its all part of being human I think. Xx


  3. wbdeejay says:

    …or not.
    Yes I suspect the majority of people do this at times, I guess we must be aware not to let it become an unhealthy amount.
    To paraphrase a quote I read in the last day “Everyone is struggling with their own inner troubles. Be kind.”
    Another thought provoking, positively toned piece. Much enjoyed.


  4. txbutterfly3 says:

    as someone who fakes the smile alot, I love this poem =) People don’t always remember that there are scars you can’t see. The ones that leave you sad, scared, and trying your best to survive.


    • PookyH says:

      Absolutely, it can take a long, long time for those scars to heal, but they’re hidden so often people don’t know you’re in need of support…. good luck, I hope your scars are healing xxx


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  6. Otrazhenie says:

    Hi Pooky, Loved your poem. Thanks for sharing it. Is it OK with you if I repost your poem on my blog at http://otrazhenie.wordpress.com/2013/11/24/all-the-worlds-a-stage-and-all-the-men-and-women-merely-players/ with a link to your blog? Thanks.


    • PookyH says:

      Thank you for your kind words. Yes if course it’s okay… It always delights me when one of my poems resonates with someone to the extent they’d like to share it. So thank you x


      • Otrazhenie says:

        Glad that you are happy for your poem to be shared on my blog. My readers/followers loved it. I’m looking forward to following your blog. Glad that we met in the blogosphere 🙂


      • PookyH says:

        Thank you – I’m delighted to hear that! And I’m enjoying your blog too so I too am glad we have stumbled upon one another x


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