Small Town Celebrities

Don your fragile smiles

Laced lips cut your character,

Replicate your unique style.


His arms wrap around you now

The ones the others know

His nails pierce you silently,

A secret not for show.


One half of another

Fused body, melted hearts

He whispers lies of worthlessness,

And you’ve forgotten who you are.


Brutal love, so overwhelming

More of him and less of you

Fad friends, fake laughs, false promises,

And you’ve forgotten what is true.


Empty kisses for the camera

Together but so alone

Just a Small Town Celebrity,

In a town no longer home.


Words: Beth Caslin

Photography: Coney Island, 1994, from the series 'American Odyssey' by Mary Ellen Mark