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Thinking neutral thoughts
Perhaps simply relaxing
Minding my own business

Someone wanders by
Looks at me


How annoying

I wasn't thinking about anything
That would cause me to sit here
And grin like an idiot


The truth is
I smile a lot
Generally happy
People tend to like me

But if I'm not smiling
What business is it of theirs?

If you want me to smile
Sit down with me
Talk to me
Find out who I am
Make a connection

Say something funny

Random strangers
With instructions
For the proper arrangement
Of my facial muscles
Would cause me to smile more
If they would
Just Go Away


The Writer's Gallery Challenge Topic for May is SMILE

It's been a lot more challenging than you might think! There will be more later ...

May 18, 2013
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May 18, 2013 11:05:28 am
oh so very true
Great writing and solid commentary

by Faemike55 Online Now!   Homepage »

May 18, 2013 11:25:22 am
I like it and quite true.

by wolfenshire Online Now!   Homepage »

May 18, 2013 12:09:15 pm
I usually ask my random men blokes and lasses to do something that befits their general beingness.
But sometimes I say "Say sex"

by durleybeachbum Online Now!   Homepage »

May 18, 2013 3:00:38 pm
Wonderful writing Tara.
God bless.

by kgb224 Homepage »

May 18, 2013 3:16:40 pm
You have a gift of words, great narrative!!

by bobrgallegos Homepage »

May 18, 2013 4:09:38 pm
Excellent writing my friend, a lot of people can empathize with this situation

by Adobe_One_Kenobi Homepage »

May 18, 2013 6:03:48 pm
Great poem
I do wish you would pop over and read my Easter One:)

by Blush Homepage »

May 19, 2013 12:54:26 am
Well done, Tara. I particularly like the last part. I found it to be the same in the corporate world. The smiling ones, the glad handers, always seemed to get ahead. I even wrote a little piece to the tune of Nate King Cole's 'Smile'.

Smile though your face is breaking
Smile though your teeth are aching
You can go far
You can be a rising star

If you ever expect to make it
Hide your feelings
And fake it

You’ll find
You’ll always
Be in style
If you just smile

by wysiwig Homepage »

May 19, 2013 2:19:32 am
In Germany it is said:
You reap what you sow.

If I open a human friendly begegene, he will also be friendly to me.
Are there so many people who are just for a smile waiting.
Gentle and fine poem!

by JuliSonne Homepage »

May 19, 2013 10:12:01 pm
You'd like Oleg. He's too young to be as intense as he is, and now he's got one of those Slavic patriarch beards (quite a feat since it's getting bigger than he is!) Anyway, the whole "smile" thing leaves him vaguely discombobulated, since he notices that Americans smile with such regularity that he often mistrusts what he sees when emotional displays come up. Funny how that works. I've also noticed that compulsory smiling tends to produce wide-eyed leering expressions rather than genuine smiles, but then one doesn't turn genuine emotion on and off, unless one happens to be a particular Star Trek-derived android.

I loved this bit of writing. It's so spot on. So true, and it reminds me, also, of one of my favorite haikus. In Japanese it fits the haiku pattern, but in English it translates as:

"Mosquito at my ear
Do you think I am deaf?"

For some reason, your humdinger of a closing stanza made me think of that. This is great. Really top-notch stuff!

by Chipka Homepage »

May 20, 2013 4:41:18 pm
I love this! I have been in this situation lots of times. I get "Earth to Lucinda" a bit too. I wonder what they would say if you WERE sitting there grinning like an idiot. They'd probably walk away quickly. I love the last three stanzas.

I'm just about to pack my laptop into a carry on and head for the airport! I so wish you weren't on the road too, but next time!

by myrrhluz Homepage »

May 20, 2013 6:43:34 pm
Great job!

by GrandmaT Homepage »

May 20, 2013 9:03:30 pm
LOL – yeah I'm with you on that one, Tara.... My response would probably be something along the lines of "bite me" – I'll smile when I feel like smiling!

But this is very cool and it did make me smile! :-)

by RodS Homepage »

May 25, 2013 9:58:36 am
Ha! Ain't that the truth. Love it. And you made me smile : )

by LovelyPoetess Homepage »

Jun 2, 2013 9:29:24 pm
Love the comments above. You know how much I like what you've written here:) Top drawer!

by bmac62 Homepage »


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