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SMILE REQUEST

I tell her
she should smile more,
then after a moment,
she produces
what I was campaigning for

Like Lauryn said,
‘…life is supposed to be
a pleasurable experience…’
not filled with a sadness
that anchors appearance

There’s too much beauty
not to smile
on a frequent basis,
and when she smiles
her trouble it erases

Filled with drama
and tension
from her history,
usually so quiet
her smile
sweetens the mystery

Easy with emotion
without reservation
for expression,
she should smile more,
not at me,
but at life with affection