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A beautiful illustration of a close up of a human eye. The cornea is blue and green, surrounded by dark eyelashes. There is a reflection in the eye of what looks like a window, that gives the impression of a person looking outside.

Teen Mind

anxiety mental health Aug 30, 2023

Written by Sofia Noriega, a Ventura County high school student, featuring artwork by Sophie Kadan.

I can’t smile,

I think about homework 24/7,

When I am supposed to be having fun.


I can’t smile,

I think about the past,

When I should be thinking about the present.


I can’t smile,

I think about my exhausted feelings,

When I should bring out my happy side.


I can’t smile because my mind keeps thinking,

When I need it to relax.