She Never Said

 

They did not ask about

nor did they see

the quiet agony she carried

day to day

 

They did not feel her pain

her sleepless nights

her bitten nails, her anxiety

 

They strode along and talked

their talk of fancy

tea and cakes they shared

with friends

 

They did not see her

isolation and her fear

that one day her children

would not be here

 

They did not mention

her desperation, her unkempt hair

the circles dark below

her hollow eyes

 

They did not hear her

silent scream nor smell

the stench of broken dreams and friendships

she once had

 

They did not know and yet

they said how well

she coped and muttered empty promises

they did not keep

 

And when the circus had all but left

they looked around aghast it happened here

in their backyard with tidy lawns

and sculptured trees

 

We did not know

she never said.

 

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