Underneath the Smile

Underneath the smile
Is a scared little girl.
Underneath the scars
Is a soldier.
Underneath her skin
Is a lost soul…

Underneath it all, there is
Happiness, sadness, madness, confusion.

Underneath this scared little girl, is someone who has faced her fears…

faces them every day… and is still a little fearful.

Underneath her lips
Were lies, which are working on honesty and loyalty.
Underneath her eyes
Are tears of joy and sadness.

Above all of this
Is a girl risen from her own ashes…
And is a survivor, a fighter, a warrior…

September 10, 2013.


13 thoughts on “Underneath the Smile

  1. Hi! I have been following along for a number of months now… I was diagnosed with a 1-2 punch of Bipolar 1 and Post Traumatic stress when I was 24. I’m 40 this year. I am a working, established visual artist who is currently mid-way through an MFA program. For the last 14 years, I have been self managing without meds though my art practice. My thesis project is a body of work that directly addresses my personal struggles. In addition to the body of work, I am to write a thirty or so page paper to go with it. In my research, aside from medical and psychological journals, I have also been studying other artists — past and present, who have also dealt/are dealing with similar issues, in addition to my small circle of friends who share similar diagnosis. I was wondering if it would be possible to interview you as part of my research? Sort of compare notes?? My point is to creat work that opens a dialog about diagnosis, medication and to challange perception by immersing a viewer in — essentially, my head. My blog is here: http://www.derosaart.com/new-blog/ if you would like more info on me. Thank you for your consideration and great and informative blog. 🙂 My best to you, -David


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