Waking to his smile
A cherished gift
The frown no longer there
lifting her challenged spirits
Giving hope the malaise
has gone forever
Whatever ailed his heart
and hardened it with ice
Had robbed his face
of its charm
The twisted agony
of pronounced pain
consuming his
body and mind
Filling it with anger
and despair
Leaving a legacy
of suffering
Shutting out the one
who loved him most
and lived his trauma
But now, just for a while
She takes that smile
and forgets all else
A contagious reaction
of joy and hope
that will carry her
on a cloud
until it doesn’t

Christine Bolton - Poetry for Healing ©

Mish is hosting D'Verse Poets Open Link Night

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Challenge - Word of the Day
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  24 comments for “Smile

  1. May 17, 2020 at 3:41 pm

    I think smiles can often help… but there are many cases were they cannot be trusted.

  2. May 16, 2020 at 9:13 am

    I think you captured the idea well that there is so much joy in a single smile and we need to absorb all of it’s energy to fuel us for later, when things get rough again.

    • Christine Bolton
      May 16, 2020 at 10:20 am

      Thank you Mish. You are right! That smile is something to hang on to ☺️

  3. May 16, 2020 at 8:15 am

    Christine, so beautifully you have incorporated the prompts! Excellent.

    • Christine Bolton
      May 16, 2020 at 10:21 am

      Thank you so much Punam. I enjoyed this one! 🙂❤️

      • May 17, 2020 at 4:11 am

        You are welcome, Christine. Your joy was evident. 🙂💞

  4. May 15, 2020 at 5:00 pm

    Awesome post, Christine!!! Loved the way you weaved this so much!! From joy through understanding and hope but finally to truth!!
    xoxo 😘💕🌹

    • Christine Bolton
      May 15, 2020 at 8:07 pm

      Oh thank you so much Chuck. That means the world to me 🥰❤️

      • September 3, 2020 at 1:16 pm

        Reread this and loved it even more!! Wow! Would REALLY love to hear you recite this one!!! You paint with words so beautifully, Christine!!!

        The ending is so beautiful, elegant and yet bittersweet too!! Bellissimo!! Happy the comment was meaningful to you and brightened your day! And now, since I’m so remiss in not answering this in a timely manner – I hope it will bring a happy memory back to you too!!

      • Christine Bolton
        September 3, 2020 at 9:24 pm

        Indeed it did brighten my day! ☺️ Thank you Chuck

      • September 4, 2020 at 2:18 pm

        Glad to know!!

  5. May 15, 2020 at 2:00 pm

    Hopeful then ominous, oh my

    • May 16, 2020 at 1:22 pm

      Thanks Jude! 🥰

      • May 16, 2020 at 5:28 pm

        My pleasure 🌼

  6. Beverly Crawford
    May 15, 2020 at 11:29 am

    …”until it doesn’t” …. telling words and hopefully not the end of the story.

    • Christine Bolton
      May 15, 2020 at 1:38 pm

      I hope so too Beverley! 🙂 Hope you are well 💕

  7. May 14, 2020 at 11:35 pm

    I agree with Sadje. Wonderfully done, Christine.

    • Christine Bolton
      May 15, 2020 at 10:53 am

      Thanks so much Tracy! ☺️

  8. May 14, 2020 at 10:37 pm

    Good point that what ails one can rob one of one’s charm.

    • Christine Bolton
      May 15, 2020 at 10:53 am

      Pain is very good at that Frank!

  9. May 14, 2020 at 10:15 pm

    Very masterful use of the prompts

    • Christine Bolton
      May 15, 2020 at 10:56 am

      Thanks Sadje ☺️

      • May 15, 2020 at 2:49 pm

        Always a pleasure

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