The world failed to see

The deep gashes

Beneath her skin

The slashes on her psyche


What they witnessed

Was her seemingly

Serene demeanor

Near normal behavior


She smiled for us all

Even sang happy tunes

No one heard her cry

No one noticed her fall


Her quiet wails

Went unheard

Their dead weight

Buried her will to live


Lonely and lost

She hid her plight

Her outstretched arms

Dangled out of sight


If only, someone had seen

The pallor of her skin

Shadows under her eyes

Her trembling lips and chin


She could’ve been saved

Had someone reached out

Subtle clues went unseen

A gross oversight!


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By Sulekha Rawat



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