an easy smile
a hearty laugh
kind to others
popular enough
flawless skin
a perfect size
highly intelligent
with an insta-worthy life


they do not see
the sorrow in your eyes
the pain kept hidden
under layers of disguise
they do not hear
the cruel words in your head
full of self-loathing
telling you to be dead

© Sanch V @ Sanch Writes (9 January 2019)

***Written for the Wednesday Verses prompt ‘hidden’ and linking with Vinay and Reema***

Featured image by Surbhi Rani from Pexels


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    10 January 2019 at 3:56 am

    I guess we are really good at hiding our sorrows and our tears and fears and self-loathing.
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  • Shilpa Garg
    10 January 2019 at 8:05 pm

    That’s a slice of real life and is the story of so many of us. Loved this expression of yours, Sanch!

  • Modern Gypsy
    12 January 2019 at 2:32 am

    We’ve all become masters of wearing masks and showing only our highlight reel online. Loved this poem, Sanch!
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  • Reema Dsouza
    14 January 2019 at 4:20 pm

    This is so beautifully done and it rings so true!
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  • Rajlakshmi
    17 January 2019 at 8:36 am

    Yes, the masks we wear in life, the pain and heartbreaks hidden so well from the world. It’s a story of many. You expressed that excellently with your words.
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