She stands in the crowd and smiles.

No one knows how she feels within.

They see what she wants them to see.

Her smile is misperceived.


Then one day she steps out of the rain.

She begins to feel whole once again.

Letting go of all her woes.

She can see the future and in it, she grows


Original poem by Carrie

Acrylic on 8" x 10" canvas