hanging the tears from your ears,
instead of fighting to hold them
back in your eyes.
wearing them with pride,
portraying the power of vulnerability.
manifesting the beauty that grows from
all the toughness you go through.
reminding you of the strength
in sharing your weaknesses,
setting examples for you and
others around you.
opening the doors to honesty.
helping you tell the story of you
– so that others can tell theirs.
not fighting the tears back,
oppressing them down,
but gently hanging them in your ears
for everyone to see.