Smiles and Joy

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I want joy to fill my heart and soul . . .
than spill over and light my world . . .
with an abundance of contagious smiles . . .
and an unlimited supply of giggles . . .
to hide that glimmer in my eye . . .
the lonely tear, the size of a muster seed . . .

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living the illusion of happiness . . .
fabricated by darkness . . .
haunting my solitude existence . . .
wearing a painted smile . . .
and laughing nervously . . .
fools gather as spectators . . .
there to witness me embrace . . .
my tattered security blanket . . .
the invisible one over-stuffed . . .
with years of lies and deceit . . .
the one filled with leftover sawdust . . .
from the precious and genuine . . .
smiles and joys . . .

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the ones proudly on display . . .
and reserved for good little girls . . .
who had mothers who baked cookies . . .
not the sorry grandma’s making a mess . . .
hoping to woo and impress . . .
in her ears she hears the laughter . . .
her heart and soul are empty of joy . . .
she cries silent bitter tears . . .
she’ll be left to fade in the darkness . . .

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her presence never missed . . .
her tears will stream quietly . . .
without leaving a stain . . .
no one will care or notice . . .
tears no one would understand . . .
because joy is an illusion in her heart . . .

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©Kimberly Wilhelmina Floria
12/26/15

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13 thoughts on “Smiles and Joy

  1. Many do feel this way. But we have each other to hold hands with – even in the mist and midst of internet space.
    Let the joy continue, smile and be brave.

  2. So many behaviors conditioned in by society…things we’re suppose to do and say…even when not true…a good characterization of that in your poem.

  3. I often wonder how many people out there in the world are putting on brave smiles and sitting on their tears. I thought the comparison you made between “sorry grandmas making a mess” and “the mothers baking cookies” a most profound observation that has left me thinking about things at all sorts of levels.

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