For You — Poetry

For You

For you, I smile
even though the darkness
has settled into my bones
seeped into my veins
begging for release

You don’t need to see
this emptiness crawling
inside my weathered heart
nor the storms breaching
my weakened levees

I would poison you too
if this arsenic mind
crossed rivers to your soul
embedded itself
into the beauty you cherish

So I will smile
lie through embittered teeth
to protect your innocence
to prevent the nightmare
I truly am

©March 2015, Lori Carlson