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by Bennett
Wednesday, February 21, 2007
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No matter what happens in life or how the chips fall if you keep this in mind or practice it as a ritual you will make it. My smile is tested day by day because people will try to take that pretty smile away but you must keep it even after the tears. So cry-let it out-then smile. Don't keep the smile away too long.

Smile even when you have rain

Smile even when your body is

racked with pain.

Smile even when your back is stuck

against the wall.

Smile even after you fall.

Smile when you have no one around to call.

Smile through the rain

Smile through the storm

Smile after the tears

Just smile my friends

through it all




not for a short time

but always


Yes we will have sadness 

don't let that smile

stay away too long

bring it back where

it belongs.

So you smile





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Reviewed by M.Bennett Hooper (Mikii) 9/5/2012
Reviewed by Liana Margiva 12/2/2007
Nice poem. Liana Margiva
Reviewed by Southern Comfort 5/22/2007
You are truly beautiful and a joy to read! Your lovin, carin heart shines throughout this awesome write! LOVE YA! SC
Reviewed by Jerry Engler 5/19/2007
Makes me want to sing back to you the old song, "You Are My Sunshine"...Jerry
Reviewed by Mary Goff 5/16/2007
Awww very nice sentiment. Wear a smile, indeed!
Reviewed by HB Clayton 4/24/2007
Ima give it a shot. :) Wow, wasn't as hard as I thought. Thanks for the pick me up Aleja - HB
Reviewed by Pier Tyler 4/14/2007
Music to my ears. I needed this one. It's a keeper for those frown days of mines. Thanks, Smile is on target.
Reviewed by Jeff Mason 3/20/2007
I'm TRYING! Excellent advice here. Also, thanks for your comments on my poetry. -- Jeff
Reviewed by Elizabeth Taylor (Reader) 3/18/2007
You do good work!

Reviewed by Dawn Richerson 3/16/2007
your persistence and your presence of a peaceful sort of joy in the face of life turbulence is such a flame of grace, Aleja. glad to have read this and today I will smile more! Dawn
Reviewed by MaryGrace Patterson 3/15/2007
Well said .. If you smile at someone, they usually smile back. Thanks for your kind reviews......M
Reviewed by Barbara Terry 3/9/2007
This is a for sure, girlfriend. A smile, even if we don't want to, can go a long way. We love you too, girlfriend.

May the Lord Jesus bless you, and those whom you love, and be with you always, and at your side constantly. With much love in my heart, joy to the world, peace on earth, & ((((((((((MANY WONDERFUL SISTERLY HUGGGGSSSS)))))))))), your little sister, Barbie

"If I have to be this girl in me, Then I have the right to be."
Reviewed by Dale Clark 3/9/2007
Oh yes, if you practice a person could get good
at it. ;)
Reviewed by Butch Howard 3/7/2007
Great sentiment and power in this poem....sometimes, a smile can change the world! Well done Aleja!
Reviewed by Jibril Mohamed 3/7/2007
Thank you Aleja for writing this. I will practice it throughout my life.


Reviewed by Amy Sellers 3/7/2007
Hello Aleja. I love this poem and all it represents. I've printed a copy to tape to my bathroom mirror :-) I admire your perserverance and can-do persistence. Congratulations on passing on your spirit to all those folks that you speak to - you are an inspiration! Blessings, Amy S
Reviewed by Tactfully Naive 3/7/2007
Smiling is indeed one of the most effective disarmers.
I used to work in a day centre for guys with behavioural problems. At times we had the individual who would, one way or another, challenge our authority. A non-condescending smile and a friendly word more often than not was all we needed to apply to resolve the conflict.
I forgot the guy's name, but I heard the story of a Christian man who used to convict people of their sinful ways simply by the smile on his face.
Laugh and the world laughs with you, moan and you moan alone.
There is a song called Smile sung by Jocelyn Bernadette Smith. It is on Tangerine Dream's Tyger album.

All in all, your Smile, as it were, put a smile on me as I read it.

Reviewed by Douglas Bentley 3/7/2007
Happily contagious
A great reminder to begin a new day.
Reviewed by Edward Lupinacci 3/5/2007
Well reading this poem made me smile so I guess its true
Reviewed by jude forese 3/4/2007
it take less muscles to smile than to grin
so smile
and let the world rush in
Reviewed by Elaine Carey 3/3/2007
You have learned a great secret of conquering with style!
Reviewed by m j hollingshead 3/2/2007
enjoyed the read. thank you for reading the poem by fourth grade
Reviewed by Ed Matlack 3/1/2007
I am smiling on both ends...;) Ed
Reviewed by Poetess of The Soul Sheila G 3/1/2007
Also WRite!!!!! your heart OUT!
YOU got it all right to the bone! Aleja!
I KNOW where your heart is at, I feel ya'
Pain and suffering and not knowing is NEVER easy!
Keep on- Keeping on....
I think that will be the beginning of 1 of my newest poems

Great pen you have, and heart!
STay Positive!
Life is what WE CReate! Let's Create Wild and Strong!

WArmly and with Zest for Life! WArm HuGs,Lady Sheeeoox
Reviewed by Bill Grimes Jr. 3/1/2007
You just make me feel good inside my friend!

Peace and keep smiling!!!

Reviewed by Lynn Barry 3/1/2007
You found the secret to a happy life...SMILE. HUGS
Reviewed by simply rita 3/1/2007
Hi Aleja, I'm simply rita. Thank you for your lovely comments on my work, and yes, I'll continue to smile. Take care, simply rita
Reviewed by Sue Hess 3/1/2007
wonderful advice and i try to take it
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 3/1/2007

Now this is nice. I needed this, with all of the storms blowing through, I needed to read comfort. Your words provided just that, and yes, I'm smiling. Thank you!

(((HUGS))) and love, karla.
Reviewed by Abdi-Noor Mohamed (Eagle Of Hope) 2/28/2007
Smiling now and shall keep smiling amid war and pain
Reviewed by Blue Sleighty 2/27/2007
Thanks! And peace be with you.
Reviewed by Walter Jones 2/27/2007
Warm the wind of life, it allows a rest, and the words of a poet let the mind wander just a bit off, a smile, true to form, lends better tot he day, Walt
Reviewed by Sandi Schraut 2/25/2007
Such a great attitude! I understand the necessity to smile, we think it is for others but in truth it makes us feel better! Great insight! Sandi
Reviewed by Ronald Hull 2/25/2007
I'm smiling.

Reviewed by Karen Cino 2/25/2007
This is right on the money Aleja! Smiling will make the bluest day bright. Thanks for the reminder.

Reviewed by E T Waldron 2/24/2007
Beautiful sentiments in this wonderful poem Aleja! Thanks for sharing!
Reviewed by William Bonilla 2/24/2007
I try lord do I try
Makes one feel great
Thank You Aleja

Love & Peace
Reviewed by Morning Star 2/23/2007
Oh yes always keep them guessing
Yes we will have sadness and tears
But keep that smile in your face
and your thoughts on Jesus
and you will make it through the most painful
Journey of life
A smile is worth it's wight in gold
Love and Peace To You always..Morning Star
Reviewed by - - - - - TRASK 2/23/2007
Whence You Can Cry Only Shed Tears,i.e. Then You Have Found (God)...

Whence People Smile At Me I Always Think Just What Is That You Want--I Have Always Been Right In Lieu Of...I Rarely Smile Maybe Whence I Dated Pretty Girl I Grew Fond Of,i.e. Being Abused Child You Can Hide Pain,You Cannot Remove Scars From Your Soul...

Glad you Made Thus Far Indeed You Are Strong...

I Believe In Revenge Tho It Comes Late In Life Or After Life For All Those Who Cross My Path There's Price (Hell) To Pay...

Thank You Your Comments...


Reviewed by H. Lena Jones 2/23/2007
This is so delightful, Aleja. Smile! Yes, it is precious to smile. Softens even the most awful grouch, I find. But sometimes it pays to know when NOT to smile. I remember when I was learning to swim. I smiled up at my hubby at the wrong time and swallowed a whole lot of chlorinated water. Now, that was the wrong time to smile, I can tell you that, though of course my hubby had a good laugh as he watched me cough and splutter.

God Bless
Much love
Reviewed by Michelle Kidwell Power In The Pen 2/23/2007
Aleja this is great, I enjoy reading your works thank you for sharing this here
God Bless
Reviewed by Sandie Angel 2/23/2007
Aleja, this is great!!!!! What an inspiring uplifting write!!!!! Yes, we should all smile more often!!!!!

Sandie May Angel :o)
Reviewed by A PAX 2/23/2007
Well Aleja you mde me smile
this is sound advise
yes, smile, and eventually you can forgot your woes
oh and btw
a giggle is good too
pax A
Reviewed by Evelyn Simon 2/23/2007
I smiled when I read this. The bible says, 'A merry heart is like a medicine.' Thanks for stopping by, and sharing your uplifting words. :o)
Reviewed by Kate Burnside 2/23/2007
So, so true, Aleja and, having read your bio, it makes me WEEP!! At the age of nearly 50, I am starting the journey into "reality" of the pain of the past (though nothing like your own...) and, since writing and being here on the Den, have never SMILED or laughed so much. So thank you... can relate wholly to your beautiful words of encouragement here. You are RADIANT! LOL Kate xx
Reviewed by Todd-Michael St. Pierre 2/23/2007
Uplifting, because it lifted me up... Thanks Aleja! :-)))))))))
Reviewed by Gwendolyn Thomas Gath 2/23/2007

Aleja this is beautiful work and indeed a pleasure to read.
This poem is oh so true for me and echoes my sentiments exactly.
"Yes we will have sadness but don't let
that smile stay away too long"
A powerful uplifting and a message to be spread to all.
Continued love and enlightenment in your life always,
From the Heart of an Artist...

Reviewed by Taylor Ryan 2/22/2007
The best advice Aleja...and it will always keep them guessing. I wouldn;t make it without mine.
Reviewed by Selena Dobbin-Gillis 2/22/2007
Hi Aleja, this is so nice, it's true smiling can make a big difference in our lives, but sometimes the tears we shed does help cleanse us of our pain and suffering. God Bless.
Reviewed by LadyJtalks LadyJzTalkZone (Reader) 2/22/2007
Simple truths can bring miracles to you. Wonderful message. Lady J
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 2/21/2007
Geeeee sis I think this is the only thing that really works when you down...the moment that smile reaches your face thing do look different and not so dark anymore!!

Oh all the sourpusses we have to deal with can make it hard at times!!

Love Tinka :)
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 2/21/2007
This is fine and worthy advice, Aleja. Thank you for sharing it. I needed the reminder. Love and peace to you,

Reviewed by Joyce Bowling 2/21/2007
Nice to see you posting my've got the right idea, a powerful message, enjoyed this write much my friend...great advice!
Joyce Bowling
Reviewed by Louisa Dobbins 2/21/2007
You've got it right Aleja. No matter what, smile, then the pain is not as bad.
Reviewed by OnepoetGem *the Poetic Rapper 2/21/2007
Powerful statement of poeming Aleja, I do exactly this, my wife always says I think everything is funny but I say, it's better than the alternative, laughing and smiling releases great chemicals in the body. It's not all about being happy but picking and sticking to the pick. Besides being sad sucks
Reviewed by J M 2/21/2007
A strong and positive message in poetic form from a woman I respect and have come to love for she knows what it is like to have lived to SMILE.

Much Respect and Love,
Reviewed by Darryl Omari 2/21/2007
:) Thanks.
Reviewed by Felix Perry 2/21/2007
Good advice but there are times when tears are needed as well, then follow up with a smile.

Reviewed by Andy Turner (Reader) 2/21/2007
Smile, and everyone wonders whats on your mind..
Reviewed by Rosemarie Skaine 2/21/2007
Inspirational write. R
Reviewed by ~ Holly Harbridge (Reader) 2/21/2007
'Smile' is a lighthearted lovely inspiring poem! Welcome back! ((Hugs)) love Holly

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