I want to be brave for you

I want to smile when it rains

I want to answer when you call.

I don’t want to live in fear,

it’ll be the death of me

but where do we go from here?

I’m trying,

but I’m tired of trying

and getting no results.

I want to be brave

like I was when I was ten.

I want to feel the wind against my skin

and not cower away.

I want to feel


I’m done with this complacency,

this everlasting loneliness.

it’s like they turned the lights out

and I can’t find the switch.

I want to be brave

for myself

so I can say I beat the demons in my head

I don’t want to be brave

for anyone else

because if I’m doing this for you

and you leave

what’s left to fight for?

I want to be strong

for myself

so I can look back

and smile when it rains.



  1. Real strength is expressed in the soul’s silent acceptance of herself. With your beautiful images and poetic flow you have conveyed very well what true courage is.

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  2. rexis says:

    My favorite part was the line break
    “I want to feel
    As the reader there was a split second of “what do you want to feel? Ah, you just want to feel.”
    Very beautiful. If this poem is about you, I think you are on the right track. Good luck.


    1. Lauren says:

      Thank you!


  3. Carol anne says:

    awesome Lauren! I like the last few lines!

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