Her last words before she left
Words that fell from lying lips
Slid through clenched teeth to give us the relief and calm we needed
Appease our minds
then silence laced with muted pleas, a deafening silence
How didn't we hear it?
It was in the way she moved
In all the words she held locked within the confines of her mind
In the masked pain, the fake smiles
It was in her stalled breath
In her long sleeves covering the build up
It was in the way she called for help only to be told
"People like us don't get depressed"
It was in the way the fire once in her eyes died
As she looked up and told us