Sunday, August 3, 2008

Her Smile

She tried to smile
but her mouth got pulled
into a grimace

lips thin and stretched
over bared teeth
and eyes too wide

not like someone
who had a face lift

but more like the kind of smile
when you are trying to remember
how to smile

maybe the kind of smile
when you have tried for
too long to hide what's inside

or the kind of smile you
give when you suspect you
are being lied to

or a smile that limps
like someone home from war
injured, but no one saw it happen

I turned away
from her painful smile
but still I remember.

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