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Smile

By Lee A. Nelson

 

All of it

the dredge

the harrow

the stymieing

relentless

constant

sieging

adversities

going nowhere

with all their

business

and cost

and demands

and rapiers

 

while the sunshine

is equally constant

 

never failing

never falling

with shield and sword

the only relentless virtue

neck and neck

with the death

and the taxes

 

the only certain

unremitting

and unsung

gladiator

that is actually

hurricane proof.

 

This light

of a big bang

or a big face

never asks

never requires

but sure as I sit

and rant

on a deck

over green grass

it might just require

the fuel it elicits

from us:

 

a smile.

 

It might.

It might just require

our genuine smile

 

the face of the

only human clarity

that always sees

the sun.

 

I feel rather grandiose

at this moment

but the smile

isn't just joy.

 

It's bravery

it's courage

it's resolve

and fortitude

introducing

the bodies

of glowing souls.

 

The smile insists clarity

the frown mocks

and needs more

than any of us

 

while all of us

need it

like blood

even if it's an enemy

we collapse to.

 

The smile

harnesses the fleeting

and feeds it like a happy dog

and swells life

with the perfect companion.

 

I walk the earth

all too often

with a resting frown

as I and so infinite

many

bitch about

what we're never taught.

 

We all do love the sun.

Even pizza isn't the sun

and as I end

yes

it does not care.

 

Nevertheless

I drop the mic.

 

 

 

 

 

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