Marc-Joelitza Montgomery is a writer and Year-2 student at BHSEC Cleveland. She is the recipient of the Literature of the Americas Award in the Spring of 2018. As well as the recipient of the World Literature Award in both the Fall and Spring semester of 2018-2019.

It hurts,
–a tense face,
but smiling does too.

It hurts,
to think,
but not thinking does too.

It hurts,
to love,
but not loving does too.

It hurts,
to hope,
but not hoping does too.

everything hurts.
choose your hurt.