You could never tell her real smiles from the fake ones. From years of pretending, she had perfected the art.
Some people just wouldn't leave her alone until they saw it. So she smiled, just to make them go away. It was all they wanted; validation of their own efforts. they'd move on with their day, not minding if they had really helped or not.
She walked serenely through the world; body buried in eclectic garb.
Like a blind princess in a silent castle, she didn't mind the stares.
Nobody saw the tears that she cried. Nobody heard her unmuttered words.
It was they who were blind and she who was silent.
The days passed, but the sun never rose. They didn't mind; all staring at the ground.
Soon even the moon and the stars disappeared, and the girl barely even cared.
She stared at a river that ran into an ocean and wished it would all wash away.
Sometimes in life, nothing ever changes except for the ticks of time.
A constant reminder that she would always be alone.
The pain never ended, the sun never came, those people never saw her, her smile never mattered.
But all day long, they demanded it; validating their own efforts.
They'll move on with their lives.