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Poetry

But You Deserve To Smile

you have grown used to plastering a smile on your face

reminding everyone that you are doing just okay

but the minute that they let go of your gaze is

when you struggle to bring that same joy to yourself

perhaps you feel as though your inner thoughts

have cut off all of your circulation and your ability

to vocalize what is scattered along the corners of your mind

so you eventually find yourself in this cycle that gets no recognition

but you cannot reach your full potential being afraid of vulnerability

there will be times when you feel compelled to express yourself

because somewhere within you there was a door that creeped open

that held your self-confidence but for whatever reason you could not see it

you see there will be moments that the door to confidence is anything

but possible to open and you will feel exhausted at the amount of times

that you tried to see the possibility of it all again

i am telling you now that you are stronger than you may think

and your persistency to find confidence is not to be ignored

think about it

the time that you have felt discouraged towards moving forward

but something happens that stops you in your tracks

big or small

whatever it was somehow brought that smile back to your face

you did not expect it to be that simple but it was

allow that to be the reminder that centers your intrusive thoughts

every emotion that washes over us is temporary

the lessons that we learn throughout the journey of life

will stay with us much longer

you deserve to smile

          -p.m.c.

Author: Paige Cary Email: paigecary@icloud.com Author Bio: Paige Cary is a 24-year-old artist living in Los Angeles, California. She is a girl that once felt lost when it came to the experiences that she was faced with, but has found a sense of comfortability towards falling into herself. Poetry saved her from running from demons that she was unwilling to meet head-on. Paige recently finished writing her first poetry novel, ‘A Page In My Diary’, which she is in the process of self-publishing through Amazon. If one person can read her words and feel confident to move forward in life unapologetically, then her journey has been worth it along. Link to social media: Instagram @paigemichelex | Twitter @paige_n_my_diary

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