Hiding hurts
Beneath layers
of dazzling smiles
nonchalant looks
blank stares

Hiding hurts
Between notes
of soulful music
pages of books
written words

Hiding hurts
Within busy schedules
of daily chores
the cleaning
and cooking

Hiding hurts
In the great outdoors
the mountains and valleys
trees, rivers,
sand and the sea.

– Shail (Nov 2008)