Keeping Composure

I choke back a tear,
smother a scream
and pretend
I have it all together.

Everywhere I go,
I smile at passersby
but never make
eye contact.

I keep conversations short
and impersonal,
lie when you ask
“How are you?”

No one has any idea
that behind
these glazed-over eyes,
I am coming undone.

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