Sad eyes on smiling faces. I can’t bear it when I see my friends and other young people of my generation hiding their pain behind this mask of fake confidence and a don’t-care attitude. I’ve seen them cry, I’ve heard them talk and sometimes we don’t see what’s deeper down. So why don’t we all quit hiding and start sharing. Here’s a poem lol 👇
they say it’s like a blank space.
they say it’s so shallow.
they say it’s a defence,
but what does it replace?
what i want to know is
does it make it better?
or does it just numb the pain?
just for awhile, of course, ’cause we both know it won’t stay away.
well, i guess maybe i wouldn’t know ’cause,
i am not the suicide joke,
or the false laughter that follows,
i am your tears as you sob into my shirt,
’cause this is your story
and i ask you ‘why joke about what almost killed you?’
that laughter makes me angry.
why, why do you make this into something funny?
all i want is to tell you it will be okay,
don’t be ashamed of your pain.
you’re not empty. you’re not empty.
you are made from heart-shaped scars,
deep breathing, panic rising,
you are talking to the stars ‘cause you’re hurting
and they’re the only ones listening.
you are biting your lip and tasting blood and screaming
you are strength because you are tired of feeling weak
this is your story
you are anything but empty.
you are made from shattered glass and picking up the pieces
you are made from getting hurt and feeling like you’re worthless
there is ugliness in your pain
but from that truth comes beauty
do not hide behind that mask of empty, empty, empty.