Keep my gaze down,
Headphones glued in my ears.
Smile at the right moments.
Do the right moves, say the right lines,
And no one will ever suspect a thing.
No one will know that I struggle.
Just keep the mask until they can't see me.
Then, in the dark,
I can let it all go.
I feel lost in my desperation.
But I can't let them see the cracks.
The heartbreak that no one sees,
Because they don't look close enough.
Behind my curtains, I can break.
But the curtains skew my image from the outside.
They hide the tears, and show a smile.
The people applaud,
And I cry alone in the darkness,
Hiding everything in the shadows.