The camouflage

You could never believe it.

I could never believe it

An Adonis of perfection

Well groomed.

Loving

Composed

Handsome

Compassionate

Helpful

Courteous.

I could never believe that

I could never believe that

That exterior façade embodied “a monster out of control”

Especially, at night.

Even, even, he could not understand –

Violently abusing his “belle” whom, he passionately loved.

Oh,

The nightly agony

Behind those closed doors, as the lion prowled around

And pounced on his helpless prey

Screams and dreams amiss, remorse and hopes abreact

That was, his nightly rendezvous.

Today, today, today,

That quiet mouse, that image of perfection,

Well groomed, handsome, compassionate,

Helpful, loving, courteous, composed,

Sits behind his desk – smiling

Sits behind his desk – smiling

Smiling, smiling, smiling.

Lena A. Gumbs