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I'll Smile For You...
by Retta (Reindeer) Mckenzie

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I’ll Smile For You…

Feeling so down,
Want to scream and shout,
But I won’t,
Not yet,
I’ll just sit here,
And smile for you…

Did you ever want to scream,
“Don’t touch me!
Go Away!”
But instead you stood there,
And endured his embrace…

While your arm burned,
Where he touched you,
And your heart hurt,
When he said he loved you,
You stood there,
And smiled,
With tears in your eyes,
And when he asked you why,
You lied,
And said…

“I am so happy,
I am smiling for you…”

Did your heart ever crash?
Sounding like glass,
And someone asked you,
What was wrong,
And you smiled
And said,
“Just having one of those days…”

When you picked up the glass,
Did you cut yourself?
Did you bleed?
And watched the blood,
Drip on the floor,
And smiled to yourself,
Wishing there was more?

Did your friends ever ask you,
What was wrong,
But your lips were frozen shut,
As frozen as your heart,
And you smiled at them,
Like I am smiling at you now,
And say,
“Everything is coming apart…”

And they smiled too,
And said;
“Oh how sad,
Wish there was something,
I could do…”

Has anyone ever asked you,
To smile when you want to cry,
To live,
Though you feel like dying?

Look at me love,
Look how shiny my eyes are,
Look how wonderfully,
I am smiling for you…

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Reviewed by Susan Sparks (Reader) 2/7/2004
Sometimes we pretend everything's okay even when it's not, whether it be because we're depressed or because we still have to function at work in spite of personal problems at home. I relate to this.
Thanks for creating and sharing.
Reviewed by Vesna Blueflame 1/24/2004
Did you ever want to scream,
“Don’t touch me!
Go Away!”
But instead you stood there,
And endured his embrace…

I know this feeling sooooo well.thankyou for sharing..I don't feel so alone now..*smile*

Reviewed by Bhuwan Thapaliya 1/21/2004
Reindeer…..Its always a pleasure to read your work…you never let your readers down….you have much talent….let it shine forever…love n luck….BHUWAN
Reviewed by Lynn Barry 1/21/2004
Exceptional...I believe "it" is called depression...and you have captured "it" beautifully in this thoughtful... well written composition...thank you...
Reviewed by na na (Reader) 1/20/2004
Your greatness shines through your poetry, and brings tears from my eyes. How I emphatize with your words! You are deserving of the highest accolades for your work. Bill
Reviewed by joanne buchanan (Reader) 1/20/2004
Hi Reindeer,
I can relate to this..Great write..Thanks sweetie for the welcome..Take care..

Reviewed by A PAX 1/20/2004
oh my god......that was so deep. Lots of thought in that.
very well done...this stays with you after you read it....very haunting.
Reviewed by OnepoetGem *the Poetic Rapper 1/20/2004
This was beautiful Retta and a joy to read. I can relate to all your expression. I'm there quite a bit but I'm happy because of choice. love and peace G
Reviewed by Andi Chrisman (Reader) 1/19/2004
yes yes and yes! I think we all felt this one really deeply. I know I did...
I also loved the title. Just how oxymoronic, because I came in thinking this would be happy and it was far from it. Like the poem itself. Wonderful!
Reviewed by Simon Thurlow (Reader) 1/19/2004
Sadly, we all don these masks for the sake of others or to protect ourselves. A few of us only manage to emerge from behind that by writing beautiful but poignant verses such as these
Reviewed by Carolyn Red Bear (The Bear Paw) 1/19/2004
Yes, Reindeer, I have done that and do feel this write so deep! We need to quit lying to ourselves, huh? So very moving and profound... stay strong...
In Spirit,
Reviewed by Patricia Gomes 1/19/2004
Did your heart ever crash?
Sounding like glass,
And someone asked you,
What was wrong,
And you smiled
And said,
“Just having one of those days…”

And who here hasn't felt that way? All too easy to identify with . . . the author and her audience "connects" . . . what more can we hope for in poetry? Superb!
Reviewed by Marilyn Seray 1/18/2004
Clap, clap, and shouting. this is for my Library
Reviewed by Handsum Hart 1/18/2004
Better to smile than frown, even during hard times, I'd say.
Smilles have limitless benefits.
Excellent write Retta

peace and happiness
Reviewed by Floria Kelderhouse (Reader) 1/18/2004 this so much...lots of feeling in this one...we all wear the mask of smile to hide the sorrow....your expression is fantastic here....floria
Reviewed by Mark Mahoney 1/18/2004 smiled like that for many many years, i'm still smiling now, sometimes...excellent, well written piece that drips with honesty and pain, pain i'm sure we all can relate to sometime in our world, take care, hope this finds you better for the write, all we do is keep going...Mark xx
Reviewed by SilverCeltic Moon 1/17/2004
Retta, this hurt me to read. Wonderfullly expressed and beautifully put. Silver

PS: Oh and yes, I have been there...standing there smiling while everything was falling apart...and even those who know that pain don't seem to remember how it felt and give you that wonderful advice...."you will get over it". I remember.
Reviewed by - - - - - TRASK 1/17/2004
Romantic You ,i.e. Do Not Smile For Anybody Until You Do Know Who It Is You Are Smiling For Him or Her!

Reviewed by Andre Bendavi ben-YEHU 1/17/2004
"I'll Smile For You..."
... gives me pearls of stanzas shining verses of life.

Enjoyed this... "I'll Smile For You..." - in gratefulness - and thank You always.

Andre Emmanuel bendavi ben-YEHU
Reviewed by Sandie Angel 1/17/2004
An emotional write. Well-expressed of feelings.

Sandie Angel a.k.a. May Lu :o)
Reviewed by Ron (sketchman) Axelson 1/17/2004
superbly written
Have a great day!
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 1/17/2004
Powerfully emotive and meaningful. Thank you, Retta. Love, peace and strength to you. Regis
Reviewed by Sanil nath (Reader) 1/17/2004
This is truely excellent write ... Wonderful feeling evolving from your heart and i could feel the depth of cry coming out from your heart. Excellent write ....

Njan ninte kanugalilkude hridhyem vayikunuuu
Ninte hridhyem kazhampozum mugam cherikunuuu
Hridayeum mugavum engena verthirichu kanum
Njan our manushenanu athukundu yeniku ariyilla
Njan ninee shehikunuu .. Ithanu enna jeevikan sahayikunee
Njan ninte karzhium shredikunu athukondanu nine kurichu njan aalojikuathee
Njan ninee bahumanikunu , athu entee jeeviththil oruvadu matam varithiiii
Nee oru satharana Sthree alleee
Nee ente hridhayathilula Oru valiya sampathu aanu
Athu njan enta jeevanu thuliyum suchekunuu
Enta ella snehaum shredhayum athilunda


Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 1/17/2004
Deeply, deeply touched by this one Retta!!

I can relate so very well with this one!!

Love Tinka
Reviewed by Kate Clifford 1/17/2004
Ouch! this touched me deeply in many different ways. Great write!
Reviewed by Lisa Hilbers 1/17/2004
Retta, how many times this has happened to me, to you, to so many others can't be counted.
This is a lovely heartbreaking write. Lisa
Reviewed by Maria Lupinacci 1/17/2004
Sad but honest write, it touches
the heart!

Reviewed by George Carroll 1/17/2004
A poem full of pathos in the heart, expressed in a forceful way that touches the readers heart strings.
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 1/17/2004
So sad - and so powerfully expressed. Excellent poem, Reindeer.
Reviewed by Dale Clark 1/17/2004
A beautifully moving piece. Excellent!
Reviewed by Andy Turner (Reader) 1/17/2004
Well spoken so eloquently for many of us, this is a class write...
Reviewed by Joyce Hale 1/17/2004
Wonderful write, Retta! I know that smile well.
Reviewed by Debashish Haar (Reader) 1/17/2004
WONDERFUL poem, Retta! I am truly impressed by the emotion and movement in this BRILLIANT package..That pic adds to the beauty..

Reviewed by Michael Morash (Reader) 1/16/2004
Very nicely done! Outstanding.

Reviewed by Gwen Dickerson 1/16/2004
Bravo, Reindeer! Bravo! So powerfully touching!
Reviewed by David Mohd 1/16/2004
My heart sunk and I felt tears... A touching poem...Speaks abt our hearts and feelings...Thank u Rein.
with love
Reviewed by Lady Peg (Reader) 1/16/2004
You hit me and it hurt...
This is so excellent the depth and the emotions{YES}
So relatable and SAD>
"While your arm burned,
Where he touched you,
And your heart hurt,
When he said he loved you,
You stood there,
And smiled,
With tears in your eyes,
And when he asked you why,
You lied,
And said…

“I am so happy,
I am smiling for you…”

Did your heart ever crash?
Sounding like glass,
And someone asked you,
What was wrong,
And you smiled
And said,
“Just having one of those days…” "

Loved this one
Reviewed by jude forese 1/16/2004
excellent! really like the glass imagery ...
Reviewed by E T Waldron 1/16/2004
What a powerhouse write this is Reindeer! A knockout! Exceptional poem!
Reviewed by Jaclynn Huntington 1/16/2004

So intensely mournful is this write, cutting to the depths of any who have hid within the lie. Long ago I stood in this shadow. I bless the day of the great thaw, which set me free from my icy prison. Look to the sun, sweet lady.

♫ Jackie
Reviewed by Jenni Kalicharan 1/16/2004
Absolutely beautiful...
Reviewed by Linda Hill 1/16/2004
POWERFUL, INTENSE write, Retta..
I could feel your pain in this poem..

Reviewed by Evelyn Simon 1/16/2004
Beautifully written. Simply lovely.

Reviewed by Vicky Jeter 1/16/2004
She will be free when she realizes she does not care the consequences of speaking the truth. Vicky

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