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A Well Played Smile

December 6, 2011
By Emerson BRONZE, Fort Mill, South Carolina
Emerson BRONZE, Fort Mill, South Carolina
4 articles 0 photos 7 comments

Favorite Quote:
"If you wanna live big, Do it"

He walks the well walked path,
with a dull, familiar stride.
Yet another person walking by.
Another victim of a prolonged life

He turns his head.
Watch him now as he looks instead
At another,
A taller,
More cheerful man.

How can he be jubilant when,
I see,
No reason to be joyful.
How dare he smile,
While I, am a bitter man,

Has he no other purpose,
Than, to mock me?
Watch now as he turns,
Now smiling at me...

I stare back, still joyful,
Wondering what brings on this mans pain.
We stand.
Should I looks away?
Should I twiddle my thumbs as if this were a game?

What reason do I have to continue to stare?
Continue to be judged?
Continue to smile?

I take a chance.
If I stand criticized, then criticize this.
I broaden my smile, to more than my lips,
And stare at the man who will stare at this...

I stand appalled, or perhaps amazed?
I sigh and turn, looking for escape
But alas, I learn, there is no escape,
Because before I could turn,
A smile, was on my face.

The author's comments:
I look at all the people who just walk by and never seem to smile. Well, smiling is contagious! let one out every once in a while, and the world might just be a better place.

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This article has 5 comments.

TapTap SILVER said...
on Dec. 18 2011 at 10:19 am
TapTap SILVER, New Berlin, Wisconsin
8 articles 0 photos 146 comments

Favorite Quote:
Dream as if you'll live forever, love like there is no tomorrow, dance like there is no one watching.

such a complicated way 2 put it into words for such a simple concept...love it!

on Dec. 11 2011 at 12:34 pm
UNserieswriter, New York
0 articles 0 photos 75 comments

Favorite Quote:
idk my bff jill

this is a great poem! you really know what youre doing! please comment on my book The Underground Network. Chapter 15 since it's so long, please! And if you can spare the time, Roman Leagues! Thank you and youre a great poet!

on Dec. 10 2011 at 11:01 pm
HeatherBee BRONZE, I Live In, Texas
1 article 0 photos 1979 comments

Favorite Quote:
Go on and try to tear me down. I will be rising from the ground, like a skyscraper

Love is louder than the pressure to be perfect

Oh y gosh, I luve this poem very very much. the way it is written is really special, ur message was awesomme

Emerson BRONZE said...
on Dec. 10 2011 at 9:23 pm
Emerson BRONZE, Fort Mill, South Carolina
4 articles 0 photos 7 comments

Favorite Quote:
"If you wanna live big, Do it"

1-4 stanzas are the bitter mans, 5-7 are the happy mans, and the last measure is the bitter mans again


on Dec. 10 2011 at 8:54 pm
Dash15482 SILVER, Torrington, Wyoming
6 articles 4 photos 10 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Run with your back to the wind, can you feel God pushing you?" - Unknown

I like it but it is confusing whos perspective it is from.