Breaking

she is breaking inside
crumbling at the cracks
falling apart slowly
and he never notices
he sees the wear
and weariness
but can’t fathom
the cause of the symptoms

she bears it well
smiling as if commanded
keeping up appearance
for appearance sake
and he just assumes
she’s happy here
what else is to be thought
she’s never said otherwise

one day he’ll awake
and she’ll be gone
lost between
the floorboards
like the dust caught
in a sunbeam
she was only really seen
by the ones who cared to see

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