The Obligation to be Happy

Written by: Linda Pastan, Delivered by Maddy Murphy

"Happiness. I try to hoist it on my narrow shoulders again..."

What's it about?

Being a high school student isn't easy. There are so many things we are asked to do in a school day, and then we have to go home and do more. This poem describes the feeling of dragging ourselves out of bed and putting on good face for the public, which we are all very familiar with.