On Emotional Labor

We are the caregivers.

Fluent in the language of prevention

we do the unrecognized labor

that keeps relationships afloat.

Invisible in our efforts we multitask

in affection, reassurance, stability.

We weigh the damage that could be caused

by our opinions before sharing our ideas.

Regulating our emotions to better serve

another’s comfort,

we are experts in carrying fragile egos with care.

We do the work of filling in the cracks

before a fissure is even born.

We are the caretakers

The nurturers

The protectors.

Do you see us?

December 15, 2017

-Nia Pearl

Art/Image: Part of “Stop Telling Women To Smile” art series by Tatyana Fazlalizadeh