There in the mirror,

A reflective smile.

Teeth gritting,

Tongue curled away,

Truth restrained with

Breath drawn in.

Keep on smiling.

A frown displayed?

Not acceptable.

Expectations require

A shining demeanor.

Keep on smiling,

Keep on—

Snarling on the

Inside, spitting fierce

Venom that springs

To exhausted mind.

Bare fangs in the

Form of a cheerful

Face playing a game.