Things aren't always as they appear on the surface.

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Under the surface.

Things aren’t always as they appear on the surface.



A one story flat with ivy galore,

beautifully crafted stain glass door.

A porch that wraps around out of view,

diverting eyes, the scenes all askew.

Under the surface is a woman’s cries,

Ugly purple bruises surround her once beautiful eyes.



A little girl with bouncy blonde curls,

glistening like cornsilk as she twirls.

Laughing and dancing to her hearts delight

diverting eyes, tears fill the dark of night.

Under the surface is a child’s worse fears,

evil has been creeping beneath her covers for years.



A little old man fishing on the side of the creek,

you see him there most days of the week.

Casting his line with precision and flair

diverting eyes, to whats not there.

Under the surface is a grown mans grief,

for the woman who’s passed, there is no relief.



A teenage girl with talent and spirit,

captain of the cheer team, everyones favorite.

Petite and adorned in fancy new clothes

diverting eyes, from being exposed.

Under the surface is a young girls disease,

purging herself for perfection, yet never really pleased.



A young man with promise of a sports scholarship,

with muscles and brains, smart as a whip.

Jumping and scoring, applause and cheers

diverting eyes, from paranoid stares.

Under the surface is a young boys addiction

for the drugs he has chosen, reckless demise is his mission.



Things aren't always as they appear on the surface.


Comments 31 comments

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billybuc 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

Excellent work! Just a beautiful message and reminds me of a hub I wrote a couple weeks ago. I love this poem! Sharing it with my writing groups on Facebook.


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wildove5 3 years ago from Cumberland, R.I. Author

Thank you, I will have to check out yours!


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wildove5 3 years ago from Cumberland, R.I. Author

Bill, whats the title, you have so many!


Joanne M Olivieri 3 years ago

Excellent work. Very well done.


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Bob Karaszi 3 years ago

Very nice. I like this a lot. Nicely done.


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CrisSp 3 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

Great piece! Thanks to billybuc for sharing this on FB or I would have missed it. Great words, great flow and great message. Very powerful!

Voting up, beautiful and absolutely sharing and pinning!


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billybuc 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

Marco Polo....it speaks about the same thing but in a different way. :)


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wayne barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

Wow. Excellent piece. Sometimes a smile is just an upside down frown!


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Sheri Faye 3 years ago from Chemainus. BC, Canada

Beautiful! I could see this as lyrics to a song. Congrats!


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wildove5 3 years ago from Cumberland, R.I. Author

Wow, I'm speechless, thank you all for the praise and kind words. A big thank you to you Billy for sharing on FB. It's people like you all that inspire me to continue writing.


lovedoctor926 3 years ago

Wow! Amazing piece and much food for thought. Appearances can be deceiving! We must walk a mile in that person's shoes before judging others. Thanks Billy for introducing us to this hubber.


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Marketing Merit 3 years ago from United Kingdom

OMG! ! I'm not normally a 'poem' person but this is truly a talented piece of work.

It's also a rather a poignant reminder that things are not always as they seem on the surface.

Voted up and beautiful!


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mary615 3 years ago from Florida

I do agree: things are not always the way they seem. A lot of people go through life with a mask on trying to hid their true feelings.

Voted this UP, etc.


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wildove5 3 years ago from Cumberland, R.I. Author

Thank you very much, I am humbled to be in the company of such kind people!


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kj force 3 years ago from Florida

wildove5...This was the first time I have read any of your writes...I found this to be awesome..your words depicted a picture that most people do not see..or sometimes " choose NOT to see "..as seeing may constitute involvement.....however..many times we fail to see the warning signs...great write and I look forward to reading more of your work...


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wildove5 3 years ago from Cumberland, R.I. Author

Thank you Kj, I'm glad you enjoyed it. Looking forward to reading your works as well!


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Mhatter99 3 years ago from San Francisco

Bravo! Masterfully done. Right of coarse. Thank you for this.


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wildove5 3 years ago from Cumberland, R.I. Author

Your welcome Mhatter!


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poojasd7 3 years ago from India

Very profound! I thank Bill for sharing this verse on fb. I really enjoyed reading this. You are very creative and your thinking has a depth. :-)


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OhioGrant 3 years ago from Ohio

Nice work! And thanks for reading my hub, we are addressing a very similar topic in two very different ways...


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wildove5 3 years ago from Cumberland, R.I. Author

Thank you both, I appreciate your comments!


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ytsenoh 3 years ago from Louisiana, Idaho, Kauai, Nebraska, South Dakota, Missouri

This was absolutely well written. The emotion and visuals evoked by you language as well as the tempo was certainly effective. I especially liked the lines, "Under the surface is a grown mans grief, for the woman who’s passed, there is no relief" because they reminded me of my father. Thumbs up.


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wildove5 3 years ago from Cumberland, R.I. Author

Thank you, That line 'is' about my father, we lost my mother last January. If you have time, check out my latest hub, I wrote it for him. Thank you again for the kind words.


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MissJamieD 3 years ago from Minnes-O-ta

This is a beautiful poem! So very well written, I love it:) Great job!


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wildove5 3 years ago from Cumberland, R.I. Author

Thank you Miss Jamie!


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Curiad 3 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

This is very well done, and the message is loud and clear!


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wildove5 3 years ago from Cumberland, R.I. Author

Thank you Curiad!


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epigramman 3 years ago

I love how the entire theme is connected together through each of your poetic vignettes and your narrative course taken here is just excellent in conveying the meaning of your title. I envisioned each little story and character in my cinema mind and was quite moved by how well of this came together. Hubbravo from the epi-man - this piece really rocks but also tells a sad truth about certain people hiding behind their masks.

I admire how you can tackle tough issues and given them life through your always marvelous writing.

Sending a big Canadian high five from Colin and his cats who have gone back to bed after their feeding - and after I eat my pork roast with gravy and vegetables, lol, I just might do the same.

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wildove5 3 years ago from Cumberland, R.I. Author

Epi, you have no idea how nice it is to come home after a long day of work and see your smiling face and read your always encouraging comments! You truly are a gem! A heart felt thank you from your biggest fan!


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gaplumber 3 years ago

Wow, very very insightful, that one will make me think.


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wildove5 3 years ago from Cumberland, R.I. Author

Ga, I think we all are guilty of judging a book by it's cover at least some of the time! Thanks for stopping by!

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