Smiling in your face

by Ayirebuah

I’m smiling. Looking absolutely happy.
But my feet hurt
My shoes are covered in dirt
A few seconds ago, my left foot bumped into the foot of the desk, so I’m upset.


I’m laughing. Looking absolutely happy.
But my back aches
My shirt is stained with cake
A few hours ago, I tripped and fell for goodness sake.


I’m giggling. Looking absolutely happy.
But I’m feeling distraught
Only because my thighs hurt from the squats
A few hours ago, I burnt my hand on the teapot.


I’m cheesing. Looking absolutely happy.
But I’m pretty bummed out okay?
My love life’s DOA
A few hours ago, he said let’s remain FRIENDS.
I’m smiling in your face


But sometimes I feel like a big disgrace
I know that’s just silly
So that’s why I smile
I guess I don’t want you to feel badly.


Let me just smile…in your face

©Ayirebuah, first published in ‘to grow in two bodies’.

Ewura Ama Ayirebuah Osei is a Ghanaian writer who’s currently studying law at Mountcrest University. She writes to understand herself, especially when she’s going through something. Her favorite show in the whole wide world is friends.