BRAVE FACE

 
How brave, in reality, 
is a ‘brave face’?
A facade shared, 
it would seem,
by the majority of 
the human race.
 
Beneath the flakes 
of a painted mask
lies a truth too long 
and painful to explain
no matter how oft 
you care to ask.
 
How long before 
the cracks become too wide
to conceal with powders 
potions and creams
and the crimson smile 
starts to slide.
 
How long before 
there is but an empty shell
containing the dust 
of all that you were
and all you 
could never tell.
 
The dust seeps through cracks 
that no longer bind,
forming flowing rivers 
of a life long past,
to be carried away 
on a wild winter wind.
 
How brave, in reality, 
is a ‘brave face’
and how long can 
your trembling fingers
hold the fragile
mask in place?
 
 
Written by Darren Scanlon, 2nd June 2015.
©2015 Darren Scanlon. All rights reserved.

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