Dry Eyes Cry

there was a boy
– an average one –
got told to work
be strong, don’t cry
the boy did all
they said he should
if he could not
he’d lie

do not show your weakness
display a mask of lies
be self assured, or act like it
crying’s done with dry dead eyes

when he got asked
how he felt
or how it went
he would say Oh, I am great
but underneath
his mask of smiles
sometimes he was
sad, afraid

do not show your weakness
display a mask of lies
be self assured, or act like it
crying’s done with dry dead eyes

there is a man
– unhappy now –
he lost the mask
of youth
fights the urge
to hide in lies
sweats to tell
the truth
looks in the mirror
into his eyes
and tells himself
that it’s okay
they’ll face the weakness
and they agree
today will be
a better day

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