Keeping Up Appearances
Lots of energy exerted to keep that mask in place
Fearful that the world might glimpse no smile upon our face
Determined at all costs to keep up the appearance
Hold on to that rictus grin with dogged perseverance
Would it not be refreshing if just once in a while
We faced the world without that radiant inane smile?
Surely in our inner souls we often want to scream
So why no honest glower instead of radiant beam?
Whatever happens we must look always on the bright side
The optimistic outlook must ever be our guide
Come what may our behaviour quite heroic
Perhaps just now and then why not be a po-faced stoic!
Keeping up appearances no doubt has its own merit
But if our stance is false it does us little credit
And if the expression that we offer is simply a façade
The world will soon realise our dazzling smile’s a fraud!