We dance around

In this tangible

Masquerade

No one knows

The face behind

Each mask.

Many wear smiles

And laugh along

When pain is threatening

To overflow.

Some wear frowns

Only for

Protection

Because the good days

Never last long.

Others surround themselves

In a myriad of friends

Yet in the crowd,

They are alone.

Few scare others away

When truthfully,

They are afraid

Of shattering their own

Fragile hearts.

We all live beneath

Our disguises

And rarely

One stand will alone

Brave enough to show

Their emotions to the world.