Bravada

in your sugar-coated candy world
there is a bandaid and mommy’s kisses
make it all better, make it go away
the monsters shy away from the light

and happiness is God, enshrined and hallowed
grief and anxiety wiped away
like last tears, and shuddering gasps
the fragile smiles of pick-me-up

where love is king, and solves all
given lip service to reality-lite
life constructed from paper lanterns
pastille moments of tissue covered peace

the sun warms, gentle rays caress innocence
now, forever, once more, against the night
compatriots and accomplices all, peering
into a picture perfect reflection. You.

seeking safety, calm, a little joy
no matter the cost, to reconcile the fear
faith against hope, belief in salvation
over and over, saving yourself from me