We hold broken dreams

in scarred hands.

The pool of stars

that reflected in your eyes

has worn away.

.^.^.^.^.

Instead, nightmares and desperation

rip away at who you seemed to be,

at who you could've become.

.^.^.^.^.

You're no longer there

even as you sit next to me.

Unanswered questions swirl

in the space between us.

.^.^.^.^.

These monsters that haunt you,

the bruises you want to hide,

the fear that coils in your mind

was fabricated by lies and illusions

of a past you can't let go of.

.^.^.^.^.

I stand besides you in trying solace,

Muttering soft words and promises.

And your smiles, unsure and contrived,

Only reminds me of the fractured mask

you place to cover a jaded exterior.