How brave, in reality, is a ‘brave face’?

A facade shared, it would seem,

by the majority of the human race.


Beneath the flaking paint 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 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 mask in place?



Written by Darren Scanlon, 2nd June 2015.

©2015 Darren Scanlon. All rights reserved.


8 Comments Add yours

  1. alfgarnet says:

    Good words my friend , brave face , flaking , cracked mask, trembling fingers, says it all , is smiling as it is amazing on quite a few Blogs , how we all comment and write about our masks … Take care , my friend ,

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  2. Poli Impelli says:

    Hope you´re better Darren! Thanks for sharing such beautiful words embedded with truth. Love reading you. I´m becoming your fan number one! haha. I admire poetry writers. I´m not good at poems, so I feel overwhelmed when I read good poetry. Thank you 🙂
    (Sorry for my English, sometimes I cannot find the words when it comes to feelings)

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    1. Thank you very much for your kind words, Poli. Your English is fine. I’m getting better day by day now. I just have to take it easy and let my body recover. Keep Smiling 😊


  3. Sue Vincent says:

    Hope you are feeling somewhat better Darren. Pneumonia is a bitch.

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    1. It is indeed Sue. I’m slowly getting there day by day, thanks. Pacing myself. 😊


      1. Sue Vincent says:

        Take your time 🙂

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