If you see me
and my face looks worried
and not so great,
hold off before you judge too harshly.
I’ve been taught to smile and have a good attitude
while infinite screws are in place
to make my life difficult, almost impossible.
What you see might be a last stand,
an act of courage, even a rebellion,
to honestly look as I feel,
instead of having to smile
while I’m forced to bend over
and take it.