My eyes are mirrors
reflecting the kind-hearted, innocent girl visible to others.
Revealing an optimistic and cool-headed child.
My skin color embraces my Hispanic heritage.
Displaying my cultural pride.
My smile is a mask
deceiving the naive.
Embracing syrupy sweet memories that once comforted me.
My voice reflects my well-mannered nature
refraining from speaking out of impulse.
Refraining from revealing unwanted emotions.
My writer's callus reveals the many sins I dare not speak.
The forbidden secrets that I lock away.
A silenced heart to bury those secrets.
A silenced heart to comfort those fears.
A silenced heart now freed by the pen.