Where are you, happiness?
Why do you hide
Under the weight
Of a condition never heard but always seen
A smile? Harder to attain than a kiss
I just don’t understand why they wish
I am me, for now and forever
But what if I wasn’t? What if I was like them?
Talked like them
Danced like them
And was loved
Like them, by them
Would I be happy then?
Or would I just be placated
Into falling past the guardian angel
And into a realm of too many strings
Not enough puppets
And a stage so small that killing
Is the only way you’ll ever get dialogue
The thinking ones don’t entertain
The silent ones don’t inspire laughter
And the ones who wish for a better home
Are sent rather painfully
Curator of his own poetry blog - marylandpoetblog on wordpress, Devereaux is also a regular contributor to Blood Into Ink, sharing his stories about survival and overcoming adversity. He’s also a Guest Barista for Go Dog Go Cafe, a collective of writers in the online community. His work is regularly featured on SpillWords.com, where he was nominated for the May Publication of the Month in 2017. You can also find him on Literary Arts Review and Teen Ink, the latter of which published him in their monthly magazine in 2016. When he’s not working as an Active Seller at IKEA Baltimore, Devereaux can be found reading or interacting with readers on his various platforms, mainly WordPress and Instagram. Reaching new readers and connecting with poets and writers across the web is one of the reasons why he writes. There’s no use in writing if it can’t be shared to uplift and inspire.