she hides in herself.
she fakes a smile.
melting into her longing.
lingering in loneliness.
her broken self withers in frustration. willing
to do anything. prepared
to endure anything.
whispered affirmations of a romanticized
emotion instead of covered
bruises and shameful scars.
to salvage any semblance of a functional relationship?
she's given up on "love" a long time ago.
to please the one she loves.
she knows she can.
enough to do, take, survive the unimaginable.
she hides in her darkness.
for a spark.
but her mirror only reflects the indefinite abyss.