Vanita SharmaFebruary 12, 2014

The smile on her face,
his cheerful attitude,
the cool look while strolling.

The echo of her laugh,
shimmering eyes dancing,
slightly humorous gestures.

His saunter,
her contented look,
the excited buzz of conversation:
is he sincere?

Behind a glowing mask,
a slab of blackness,
a layer of emotion exposing
true feelings.

Tears brim in her eyes,
glimmering, reflecting,
a frown behind her smile,
raised eyebrows reveal grief.

His head filled with sorrow,
half-closed eyelids
uncover his sleepless nights,
lip swollen from fearful biting.

Smiles camouflage troubled minds,
real emotions so easily veiled,
will they ever know the truth?

Vanita Sharma is a 13-year-old 8th grader at George Washington Middle School in Ridgewood, New Jersey. In her free time, she enjoys playing tennis, writing short stories, and reading fiction. She is interested in astronomy and plans to watch the next lunar eclipse.