"She Smiles": A Poem for Those Who Smile Through Their Struggles & Anxieties by Ann Marie Patitucci
Someone dear to me recently wrote a poem and shared it with me. It touched me deeply not only because it expresses so beautifully what she’s feeling and experiencing right now, but also because it expresses what many of us feel and experience at different times in our lives.
I am blessed to know many strong and remarkable women who have been through so much and have smiled through it all, keeping it together for their kids, their partners, their parents, their employees, their students – whoever needs them. I think they’ll all be able to relate to these powerful words. I hope they’re meaningful to you, too. And to the amazing woman who sent this to me: I love you and your smile. And I’m always here for you.
Underneath, her heart is crying, but she smiles.
Underneath, she’s questioning everything, but she smiles.
Underneath, she worries constantly, but she smiles.
Underneath, her world is crumbling around her, but she smiles.
Underneath, she doesn’t know how to move on, but she smiles.
Underneath, she is screaming to make it all stop, but she smiles.
Underneath, she is afraid, but she smiles.
Underneath, she has faith, so she smiles.
Underneath, she has support, so she smiles.
Underneath, she is strong, so she smiles.
Underneath, it is getting lighter, so she smiles.
Underneath, she needs to stand tall for them, so she smiles.
She smiles for them.
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