mental or moral strength
to face danger without fear;
often needed in high school
particularly by the socially anxious
when they’re forced to talk to people,
as a child, I never thought I could be a
someone who shrinks from pain or danger
even when you feel the situation
you don’t back down because
everyone faces challenges and
like dad always said, “well it’s your face
that’s killing me” and clearly
if he’s able to deal with something killing
him I can handle when something makes me
to stop breath by blocking the windpipe
and something as a child I never thought
could be done by a situation as
situations lack hands and
as they also lack a mouth and eyes
they are not faces either,
so they cannot kill me.
but perhaps choosing not
to face them can.
This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.