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By Josie Whitehead

Veil (The)

She wears a smile upon her face 
     For all the world to see, 
But this is not the face I know – 
     The one that’s meant for me. 
The words she speaks are caring words 
     When she wants the world to hear. 
Her victim does not hear these words 
     But her brutish words are clear. 
This heartless individual 
     Hides deep beneath her veil. 
With malice she will strike her prey
     And with hateful words assail. 
The weapons that she uses best 
     Are not the knife or gun. 
Her words are tools that will assail
   And bring this bully fun.
She’ll isolate her chosen prey 
   With covertness and guile – 
For humans want to feel they’re loved 
    To make their lives worthwhile. 
With *deft and stealth her cruelty works;
     Her victim knows this well.

And though her smile’s seen by the world, 
      Cruel demons in her dwell. 

*deft: demonstrating skill and cleverness

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