Frank Walley


Winter's Mask


The mask of a beautiful smile often hides her pain

Her experiences hidden from most, never ending whispers chill her thoughts

Reminders of the cold leave her shivering, naked, ashamed

Scared of, but strong enough to face the next day

Curious where she fits in this life

She tries, timidly, bravely, carelessly, to share

But it’s never warm enough to completely reveal herself

Beautiful outside, she fights a colorless, cold self image

Her past rapes her from the inside out

Invisible icicles temper her lust for life, frozen by the scars on her soul

They suppress the flame of passion inside the girl

Her dreams chilled by the reality of her past

Accomplishments in her mind, never meant to last

Swimming in beauty and opportunity while drowning in life’s reflections

In her eyes you can find a glimmer of calm that vanishes at second glance

But within her soul a lonely flame flickers tirelessly

Melting day by day, she finds the pretty roles to play

Fire, she does not know, grows inside her

The past, playing itself out, again and again

The frozen mask she hides behind is losing the battle

Slowly, steadily, her truth melts the mask away

Until one day, the mask is not there to hide behind

Her lust for life will be free, not by her minds making

But by the strength of her spirit, too strong to be held down, her fit in life will be found

Spring will reveal her beauty

Never to be hidden by the mask of a cold winter again.

Submitted: Tuesday, August 27, 2013
Edited: Wednesday, August 28, 2013

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Frank Henry Walley IV

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  • Frank Walley (8/27/2013 7:26:00 PM)

    This was written about many women I have known through the years that have survived impossible hardships through the inner strength they never knew they had. (Report) Reply

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