Behind the Smile

“Writing is a healthy coping mechanism compared to the other unhealthy ones I express in my writing.” –Morgan

by Morgan Altic

There was a girl
With her chin held up high
Covering up her pain
None of her friends knew she wanted to die

She walked through the halls
Holding secrets that were hard to bear
If only someone knew what was going on within her
Yet nobody seemed to care

There’s only one release
For the pain that still remains
The blade that’s embedded in her wrist
And a shirt that’s covered in blood stains

She has good days and bad
But it never fully fades away
She wants to reach out for help
But her depression is saying I’m here to stay

I wear the face of a clown. When is the smile not real?

1 thought on “Behind the Smile”

  1. Beautiful and hard words, Morgan. Those who struggle with depression and cut are not alone but it surely feels that way, I know. Thank you for sharing your poetry with us…

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