the girl who smiles too much.

i sit with a girl in french

who says things in a faux southern accent

and braids my hair tightly to my scalp


and i see how she smiles

and adds in a laugh while saying

how her parents will miss her birthday

for the third time


she smiles while talking lightly

of promises they never kept

and i think that she smiles so much

because she is afraid the girl she would see

in the mirror if she didn’t


~her smile is too sad to be real


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s