Laughter in a voice
A smile always there
worthless unchallenging
not to be taken too
… seriously
Riding in a car A woman's voice on radio
Later at home A woman's face on TV
School distant past A child's face
grinning for so long don't ask me
how I am see my friend there?
so clever naming my worst bully
deflecting concern so clever
don't hit me, I'm … harmless
Dance of the disempowered
I can take a joke Ha ha
present as trivial smile
tolerated smile ignored
shell hide hurt
from them
from everyone
from myself
Brave smile
Big smile
Happy face
Happy, happy face
5th June 2016, SG23 - Pipe Dream. Revised 15th August 2016