Those who see me
Think me to be happy;
Always joking and doing
Anything for a laugh.

On the outside
I appear to be cheerful
Always offering a smile
To someone who has none.

They just don't know
That inside I'm crying
Always hiding my sorrow
Behind a mask of joy.

But I keep smiling
Because the happiness of others
Is more important to me 
Than my own happiness.

 rmv 1984 

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