The Hope In a Smile

In the blink of an eye
in an instant
too quick to measure,
the wrinkles reveal
the state of the soul

Each cheek pushed aside
for white and yellow to peek out
and show to others
there’s happiness within

Rarely a mask for pain
uncommonly used to lie
the lips open
and a wordless grin
embraces the world

The hope in a smile
pulls together our humanity
shows us all our fragility
and speaks out
that we need each other.

We really should smile more.

© MH


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