Wednesday, March 22, 2017

"Is it Real?"

is it real?    
the glowing smile in every photograph    
the arms thrown casually around your husband    
frame after frame    
the friendliness you casually offer to everyone    
the show of happiness you radiate in public    

is it real?    
the vanilla personality that never offends    
the perfect hair, make-up, and outfit    
the gym toned body that defies gravity    
the soccer Mom carpool     

is it real?    
the eyes that don’t shed tears of grief    
the temper that won’t explode    
the heart that can’t break    
the cool reflective surface that never ripples in a breeze    

is it real?    
the excuses for his infidelities    
the acceptance of abuse    
the tolerance for his cruel and belittling words    
the immaculate life with no imperfections    
is it real?  

Copyright 2011 Elizabeth Abrams Chapman