Hidden Pain: A Poem by Poonam Kakodkar

It flowed and ebbed,
A red hot laser,
Searing her body with pain,
Invisible, unseen,
It shot through her day and night,
Sometimes it was like a bolt of lightning 
Striking her to the core,
Yet her words soothed those around her,
She lay there a smile on her face, 
A smile that lit up the room
A facade that masked the hidden pain.