Poem: Behind the smiles

Behind positivity is pain
Psychological hurt
What has been taken
My mind tries to divert

To gains I have made
Celebrating the new
But behind all the front
Is the stuff I’ve been through

Triggers unknown,
Unexpected, abrupt
The affect they have
I completely erupt.

Context seems strange
To those who don’t know
Behind the smiles
If you know, you KNOW.

Poem by Melanie Magowan