The flames keep burning


So much effort, to show none,
while the strain inside
feeds the headache today
and the brain tumour tomorrow.
An adept of self manipulation
you know just how to angle
the world, and smile your smile,
so they can see you
in that perfect moment.

When the pretence ends
and you realise you were
always alone,
you’ll peer inside and see
the fire you carry,
that the world loved so much,
has dimmed to embers
and it’ll hit you then –
you wasted your fuel
for no one at all
and you forgot to watch
the flames burn brightly.

© 2016, Gavin Zanker.

Photo by liz west licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic.

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