How to Smile

a poem by Frissiel Juscamaita (teen)


One teaspoon of friends

For laughs and support

Two teaspoons of best friends

To call to when you need someone to talk to

Three teaspoons of junk food

To clear up your stomach when sad

Four teaspoons of family members

To always have by your side

Most importantly

One entire cup of self-appreciation

To always remind yourself that

You’re awesome.




This is an unedited work by 15-year-old Frissiel Juscamaita, written during the Teen Writing Workshop on April 5, 2014.

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