Disguise | Megha Sood

The acrid smell of the past
that rotten gut-wrenching smell
that fills you with disgust

the reflection of the memory
so deeply etched in your
sullen mind
the one you fervently try to erase
the emptiness,
deeply seeded in your soul

like that in the eyes of the orphan
left at the step
of the church
that metallic taste of
those brackish memories
lodged firmly in the back of your throat

never to be spat our
lodged like the toothpick in
your warm supple throat
every breath brings you pain
grief changes you in different ways

you build up a facade
built on the broken lies and empty truth
those empty smiles try fervently to
cover your broken truth
which rears its head then and again

like those incense sticks in the graveyard
my broken smile
disguises the pain.

Megha Sood lives in Jersey City, New Jersey. She is a contributing author at GoDogGO Cafe, Candles Online, Free Verse Revolution, Whisper and the Roar, Poets Corner and contributing editor at Ariel Chart.

Her 290+ works have been featured in 521 Magazine #Sideshow, Oddball, Pangolin review, Fourth and Sycamore, Paragon Press, Royal Rose, Visitant Lit, Quail Bell, Modern Literature, Visual Verse, Dime show review, Nightingale and Sparrow, Piker Press and many more. Her poetry has recently been published in the anthology “We will not be silenced” by Indie Blu(e) Publishing and upcoming in six other anthologies by US, Australian and Canadian Press.  She recently won the 1st prize in NAMI NJ Dara Axelrod Mental Health Poetry contest.

She blogs at meghasworldsite.wordpress.com/ and can be found on Twitter at @MeghaSood16 and Instagram at @MeghasWorld16

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