Share A Smile

you there of bad cheer

of sourness and scowl

so many of us about

you have huddled and

frequently discussed you

and your sullenness


we have all come from

where we’ve come from

in places with varying

degrees of sadness and

hardship and loneliness


everyone about you here

deals with life and is

knocked about by the

bastard often and without

regard for our well-being


we are aware that you too

must have felt the sting

of life, the sudden and

awful, the cruel twist of

fate’s hand playing against you


but be with us, be a

part of us, this humanity

share some warmth of

a word, a look or, though

strained and difficult –

share a smile


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About John White

I've written off and on my entire life. It took years for me to finally take putting words together seriously. Now it's not, nor does it ever feel, like work. Writing daily has become habitual. No day is complete without words having appeared on the page.

Posted on June 5, 2015, in Poetry and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 71 Comments.

  1. Not very poetic – but in other words, “Snap out of it!” lol Hope this day is treating you well, John πŸ™‚

  2. Preach that positivity! Nice.

  3. I love it John wake up we are all bozos on this bus

  4. That ought to get any Gloomy Gus to smile. Or not. Sometimes a Gloomy Gus enjoys being gloomy.

  5. Dream it Alive

    Fantastic! I must remember this one when people are like that and send them straight over to read

  6. Sending a smile to all who see this! =)

  7. inspiringmotivations
  8. Thanks. I needed that. Sending a virtual smile out to everyone.

  9. Reblogged this on Karen Stephen aka Doc Flamingo and commented:
    Another poet always has the answer. Sending out my virtual smile to my virtual but very real friends.

  10. Am smiling,
    Can you see it?

  11. Very true, you’d be shocked how a single smile can change someone else’s day. πŸ™‚

  12. Dare I ask who this is about…I do hope it’s not your doctor?

    • It’s actually about the grumpy faces I see out in public so often. When strangers are all just trying to get through a store, deal with life or their problems, they’re often helpful and smiling while some just act pissed off at all of us. I just want them to interact as much as they can like the rest of us try to.

  13. I like the end, the smile. You never know when it will change a persons day. Thanks for the poem–I linked it on my site.

  14. Classic Rockapella

    I really like the optimism here and the simple language. This made my day πŸ˜€

  15. I really liked this poem. Wish more people would take your advice. Great job!

  16. I’m tempted to send a link to this to all the miserable souls I’ve come across over the past few days πŸ™‚

    • It’s unfortunate that there are a lot of miserable people out there. We all deal with something but it’s being out among others when we need to put all that aside for a few minutes and try to be kind and share a smile with a stranger. It sure does lift the spirits. πŸ™‚

  17. Your poem peaks from the heart and…. to the heart! Reblogged on my site. Thank you for visiting it by the way!

  18. You are welcome! And of course it was supposed to say “speaks” not “peaks” πŸ™‚

  19. I like your poems! πŸ™‚

  20. Never underestimate the power of a smile, it might not lessen your pain or sadness, but it may give others hope, to smile. “Share a smile” strong words πŸ‘πŸΌ

  21. Ain’t it the truth, John, ain’t it the truth? Thanks for stopping by and following me. πŸ™‚

  22. Hi John! Popping in very belatedly to say hi and many thanks for the follow. πŸ™‚

  23. As often as possible. πŸ™‚ It’s great to meet you!

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