is teaching yourself
to smile 

even for people
who do not deserve it

And even that in time
will become effortless

When is it easy for you to smile?

When I am 
not trying 

As Times Change

so do rules. I am 
no longer afraid 
of what I want.

George Cassidy Payne is a poet from Rochester, NY. His work has been included in such publications as the Hazmat ReviewMoria Poetry JournalChronogram JournalAmpersand Literary ReviewThe Angle at St. John Fisher College, and 3:16 Journal. George’s blogs, essays and letters have appeared in USA TodayThe Wall Street JournalThe AtlanticHavana TimesSouth China Morning PostThe Buffalo News, and more. 

See all his poems on Tea House here.

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