The painted shell

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As the day draws nigh, she paints & decorates her shell
She takes great care to illustrate a winning smile
After all, the world mandates the pretense all is well
The truth is ugly, so she labors to maintain her style

As the night draws nigh, she strips the paint & decorations from her shell
The ugly truth reveals the bruises, cracks, tears, and unhealed veil
His fingerprints are a remnant and a stain
Soap and water cannot cleanse this filthy Hell
Her memories torture her as she battles with her brain

As the day draws nigh, she paints & decorates her shell

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  1. Rlholland3

    Thank you for sharing this with us! I hope writing this to us has played a role in helping you heal!

  2. Ashley Day Captain


    This is a wonderful piece. My favorite line is “after all, the world mandates the pretense all is well.”

  3. Jacqui

    Thank you for sharing your writing with us. I hope writing helps you heal.

  4. JamieMarie25 Volunteer

    Beautiful writing! Thank you for sharing your amazing gift with us, despite the pain.

  5. alexcostello Volunteer

    Hi browning19,
    This is an incredible piece of writing and I hope getting your feelings out offers you some solace and comfort. I am sorry to read that you’re going through a time of pain, I hope that writing some of this down helps to bring you some peace. Please be kind to yourself during this difficult time and this time of healing, we are here for you.

  6. elisabettap

    Dear browning19,
    This is so beautifully written! I hope that writing this helped you in some ways. I know that making art helps me deal with my daily emotions.
    Keep staying strong!
    – Elisabetta

  7. MinZRivers Volunteer

    Your family here at AVFTI thank you for sharing your amazing talent. Writing is great therapy. I know it has helped myself and so many others cope. Feel free to share whenever you like. We will always be here to listen. Much love sent your way.?

  8. music2799 Day Captain

    Hi browning19,
    This poem is amazing. I hope writing is helping you cope with your emotions. Thank you for sharing your poetry with us.

  9. Joy Murphy

    Such a lovely poem. What a wonderful writer you are I truly enjoyed reading this. Thank you so much for sharing this with us today. I hope this writing helps you with whatever you may be going through <3

  10. Alyssa Day Captain

    Hi browning19,
    It’s good to hear back from you. Your poem is beautiful. I’m so happy that you like to write. Writing is so helpful and is a great way to cope. Continue to stay strong.

  11. rkr18 Volunteer


    What a beautiful and intense poem. I hope that writing helps you through the pain. Please let us know if you need anything.


  12. Erin O'Callaghan Day Captain

    Your poem is beautiful. Thank you for sharing with us-let us know what else you may need.


  13. Kristen Eby

    Hey browning19.

    Thank you for sharing this with us. I identify with this very much…the need to “be cool”, to smile, to put on a show because if we don’t, we will make other people uncomfortable. I hope writing helps you; I know it helps me. It’s always good to hear from you <3


  14. Bluebell13 Volunteer

    Hi browning19,
    Thank you for sharing this; it is both beautiful and heartbreaking.
    Love and strength,