Red lips
Sealed in a saccharine smile
Hide teeth
Clenched so tightly
Enamel threatens to crack
Set like steel bars
To imprison a scream                                   

Knowing once it escapes—
And it will escape—

It will echo so loudly
The clouds will dissipate
The birds will fall limp from the sky
Like used tissues
The trees will arch
Like acrobats
And stained-glass windows everywhere
Will shatter.