Smiles and Laughter

March 26, 2011
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I’m going to miss it here
Never an encounter with the people
A mandatory smile and polite laugh is as far as we could venture
But I feel the bond
The unspoken agreement
The universal understanding
of acceptance
For in that smile was understanding, and
That laugh?
the laugh was of sadness
For a laugh pushes away
the hurt and the struggling
Brushes it aside
fragile joy for a fleeting moment
Has never felt so good.
So what do we make of
smile and laughter?
Simple masks everyone understands
For we’re the cast
And the audience?
we’re blind to the audience
So take your bow
Bathe in the sharp applause.
Don’t you dare take off the veil:
smiles and laughter.
You do want praise
Don’t you?





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bigblue said...
Jun. 24, 2012 at 12:49 pm

I love this poem too. You described and almost personified laughter amazingly. Very, very nice :)

 

 
Raytheraym said...
Aug. 4, 2011 at 12:13 pm
Wow, very good! I love the second half of the poem! Great depth and emotion.
 
corallee This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Aug. 4, 2011 at 1:54 pm
Thank you!
 
ritabelle511This teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. said...
Jul. 29, 2011 at 10:11 am
Wow.  This was a deep poem.  For some reason, I really like the "sharp applause" - its a very unique description! I also like the last two lines, how they're almost mocking in nature!
 
corallee This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Jul. 29, 2011 at 11:01 am
thank you!
 
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