“Behind Closed Doors” Poem of the Day (2022)

“Behind Closed Doors”

By Ashley O’Hare

Behind closed doors,

my life is a mess.

I have forgotten which dreams are mine

and which ones are in disguise.

I choose my clothes for strangers,

not once consulting the mirror.

I shove my feelings under the couch

next to the memories my heart cares about.

The beginning of October,

The end of May–

on the calendar,

they remain ordinary days.

I keep a blank face

so nobody sees me as a disgrace.

If they squeezed the tears

from my pillow,

they would finally know

it was all a show.

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