behind the smile (poem)


a smile

can say so many things

and not say anything at all

and yet

you smile

what does it mean?

so much is left unsaid

i cannot read

between blank lines

what secrets deep and dark

do you keep?

amenities are social necessities

yet somehow

i cannot believe in yours

you talk

and heaven knows that what you say

is not what you should say

nor what you are trying to say

you have too many hidden meanings

is it something you fear?

perhaps it is yourself

you are hiding behind

that smile.


© Cindy Lapeña, 2012


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