This mask of mine, it keeps me sane

The smiles that mean hidden pain

The shining eyes concealing tears

The casual stance that hides the fear

Each bright smile that hides the hate

Getting bolder with each twist of fate

As everything inside gets worse

Each new 'friend' another curse

More friends means more 'chat'

More talking about me behind my back

More people to silently detest

While on the outside I look my best

There are certain things that they expect

Protocols to follow so they don't detect

The falseness of my cheery smile

The happy girl that is my style

I wear her on my face each day

But those happy feelings never stay

How could they when we still await

Days without the segregation, judgment and hate

So the outside stays steady and sane

Smiles hiding all the hidden pain