An illusion



I scroll through her Facebook photos
Feelings of envy seep through me
Her picture perfect boyfriend
And their recent holidays in Hawaii

She shows off her six-pack abs
In her latest yoga poses
She gushes about her “awesome bf
Sharing pictures of earrings and roses

I see the picture of their new house
It’s right next to the beach
She posts photos of sunrises
With the hashtag ‘blessed‘ on each

She updates her status to ‘engaged’
With a photo of her platinum diamond ring
It’s followed by the caption
3 carat Tiffany is the only thing

I get sick of updates on wedding dresses
Her photos of her perfect life
I make myself stop following her posts
While she goes on to become his wife

A year or so later on the news
I learn yet another woman has died
At the hands of an abusive husband
Who has killed her and her unborn child

I see the photo aired on the telly
It’s from her recent Facebook post
Perfectly poised in an expensive dress
Hashtagged “My hubby loves me the most

(c) Sanch Vee @ Sanch Writes (21 April 2016)

Inspired by the Daily Prompt: Fake

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    Vasantha Vivek
    April 21, 2016 at 6:25 pm

    Fantastic poem, Sanch. But very painful. Love knows nothing.
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    April 21, 2016 at 9:40 pm

    Things are not really as they seem to be, are they? Lovely poem! emotions captured beautifully!

    Shubhangi @ The Little Princess

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    April 22, 2016 at 9:25 am

    There’s so much that Facebook doesn’t show, and it’s like looking in from the outside. You never know what happens behind those closed doors or facades that social media can have.
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      Sanch, the writer
      April 22, 2016 at 5:11 pm

      Exactly! I know I get bogged down by comparison but honestly, how much do we really know?

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    Natalie @ Our Parallel Connection
    April 22, 2016 at 4:20 pm

    Oh wow Sanch. This is very powerful. Things are not what they seem which happens all the time.

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    April 22, 2016 at 6:53 pm

    You can never tell what goes on in someone’s life, especially not from social media.. You have put this forth wonderfully..illusion it is indeed

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    Amy @ HandbagMafia
    April 22, 2016 at 7:29 pm

    Facebook is always the highlight reel.

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    April 22, 2016 at 7:33 pm

    Very well written. The online image is often quite different from reality.
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    Sarah @sarahdipity
    April 22, 2016 at 8:18 pm

    Wow, so powerful.

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    Esha Dutta
    April 25, 2016 at 1:24 am

    Very compelling, Sanch! I love the way you play with words to bring out the truth from the facade!

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    May 2, 2016 at 11:28 pm

    OMG!! This is so heart-wrenchingly true…Happens way too often..:(

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    Lata Sunil
    May 17, 2016 at 1:52 am

    Sadly, it’s the truth many times. FB is farce.

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