Smile

Michael Thorn
ILLUMINATION
Published in
2 min readFeb 8, 2024

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a poem

Self-portrait (2008) by author

SMILE

I woke up with a smile this morning.
I gave it away.
And still the smile remained.

This smile is impertinent.
Even though I have a diary filled with meetings and commitments
It will not settle into a deadpan
Face-off with the day.

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