Cold and crisp, it articulates and punctuates each sentence.
Through porcelain teeth and smiles clenched,
Afraid to expose the darkness underneath
“I’m okay” and “It’s fine”
Black intentions crudely painted white.
Only topcoats, no bases
With one scratch, it shows through.


Fernando Snellings, class of 2016, is an Advertising major at SVA. Fernando enjoys writing whenever possible.