He Is Staring Back

A withered soul staring back 

Tortured eyes of past mistakes 

A wrinkled scarred face with sorrow visible in the lines

Punishment represented by each line

His face bears no semblance of victories  

Just the guilt of many failures 

Every look carries a certain level of pain 

A voice hoarse from all the screaming

Teeth stained from the cigarettes 

Dry lips dying of thirst

Not for water but whiskey 

He splashes his face with water 

Puts on a fake smile to face the world 

He hides his painful eyes behind cheerful tears 

Never to show his children what he’s been through 

To be their symbol of strength

He doesn’t dry his face 

Opens the door to show the world his mask of happiness 

Day #87 SJD

Copyright © 2018 Segundo Juan Devora. All Rights Reserved.

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