July 31, 2020

you couldn’t tell

You couldn’t tell
just by looking at me

you never could
I covered it well

I fought hard battles
left battered and bruised
but you couldn’t tell
I wore it so, so very well

inside my armor of steel
I begged for help
but you couldn’t hear
my silent screams

behind the mask
of smile
I cried
you didn’t know
I didn’t let you
in

I fought
and survived
a road paved with nails and daggers

I am here now
looking past your armor
seeing behind your mask
you are not alone

-alie

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