For You

by Carl Santoro

I don't deserve

a "for you."

You say you wanted

to put on make-up,

        "I wanted to put

        on my make-up for you."

I don't deserve

a "for you"

like that.

That is very sweet.

Why should you

go through that

for me?

All I ever do

to my face

is shave.

My veneer is already

in place for you.

I suffocate behind the

invisible make-up

that is the unknown me.

Daily, I am

me for you.

If only I knew

who that is.