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  Smiles
by Odin Roark
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
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My muse nudges me from time to time to lighten up, so...


Smiles


That ear-to-ear warmth

once born of the tooth fairy

so long ago

with impish surprise

you revealed your caress


I did curse you once though

or twice

or three times

I don't know

so many curves you did reveal

cut short by my fear


Then you popped up on my towel

almost hiding

just hanging there 

yeah

really


Even as the dampness of rushing

stretched you downward

you managed to dry your tears

lift your threads upwards for joy

up

up


Pulling me along until

I once again succumbed to

your miracle

your healing of dreams

once of nightmares


I know you're there

In the gleam of a river's flow

the crackle of a fire

the sparkle of a sky

I just have to look


beneath the pillows

of my darkness




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Reviewed by Morgan Merriweather
it is annoying when your told to smile when you want to cry. It never worked for me!
Reviewed by Kate Burnside
Smile though your heart is breaking... Like the unmistakeable great gash of red on the clown's white face, you know it's there if you try or if you look very hard, like recovering the plastic bouquet from the hidden depths of Coco's yellow-chequered overcoat. Yet we are faint from overcoming when it DOES surprise us, as you say, in a flow, a crackle or a spontaneous sparkle whose naturalness takes us unawares. I DO love the way you have ended this, as it were, back at the beginning with perhaps the magic of the tooth fairy: really! :)) xx
Reviewed by Diana Legun (Reader)
If you look at this poem as though it was a flattened cigar band (strip of paper) and bend it into meeting end-to-end, the words "...my darkness" are shoulder-to-shoulder with the word "Smiles" (title), which then makes the band a contiguous circle of life-- dark, light, dark, light -- a pinwheel of yin yang that spins in the turn of events and becomes various shades of gray. Gray, in that case, isn't a bad thing. . . it has the good mixed in.

I like "the dampness of rushing." It fits nicely with my terms rushmania and rushinator. "lift your threads upwards for joy" gave me the image of a marionette smile. "cut short by my fear" adeptly reveals the elusiveness of joy, such that it is hiding under a pillow. But that isn't so negative as it is 'universal human condition,' in my vision, because it IS under the pillow. ~~ DIana
Reviewed by John Flanagan
..if this is lightening up...nuff said;
it's your way of seeing and evaluating
that truly matters and you, Odin, never disappoint

john
Reviewed by Jerry Bolton
Underneath that pillow of darkness you will find who and what you are looking for . . . And you may not like what you find. Yes, Odin, you did lighten up, but in the end there was the dark.
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