Does A Smile Hide The Real ‘YOU’…

A Suncatcher's Vacation

A Suncatcher’s Vacation

Artwork by Gloria … I made this by painting a coffee-filter, and using gold beading wire… 2011…


Does A Smile Hide The Real ‘YOU’…

By Gloria Faye Brown Bates/aka Granny Gee



Everyday… we pass people on buses, trains, planes, sidewalks

Back and forwards, in the morning, in the evening

Smiles, frowns, scowls, pain are expressions on the many faces

Smiles disguising monsters, disguising grief, genuine smiles

Of sunshine … they block another’s view from seeing ‘deep inside’

The other as they flash their wondrous smile at you

Look at me, what do you see? Just a big, old smile

Grinning back at you… you don’t bother to go past that smile

No need to, that smile says it all … I’m fine, I hope you are, too

You go your way, I go mine… a smile is all we need to reassure

Ourselves that with the other… everything’s all right

No need to look under the surface, the smile is there

Only a very sensitive soul would hesitate, ‘knowing deep inside’

Something’s not right… there’s more there than meets the eye

That smile is only a disguise to cover pain of some kind, or…

A monster hiding behind it like a rock covered by tall grasses

You see only the grass, you trip over the hidden rock

It’s too late, the monster’s got you!

Let me go! Let me go! I will watch for you next time

I won’t trip over you, making you want to hurt me

I’ll be good, please let me go!

Look at that smile over there, her eyes are darkened by pain

I wonder what her pain is, is it inside… outside?

Her shoes could be covering her pain… pain in her pitiful feet

Her smile with pain, could be disguising the grief in her heart

Lying there beneath the surface, ready to spring out

Any moment, like a jumping jack in a box

Just crank it up, crank it up, be on guard

The top will pop open, spilling the jumping jack out

Smiling, disguising what made it pop out to the surface

Too often, smiles cover something other than happiness

Only the sensitive will see, feel, or even care

We are honored when someone takes a precious moment

Of our time to recognize our smiles aren’t what they appear

To speak words of caring, to say to us

I know something’s wrong, I just wanted you to see that I ‘see’

Only people who care will do such a thing

They are the ones who stand out in our worlds

Whom we care about with our very hearts

I call them a real friend, what do you call them?

Someone nosey, or someone that means the world to you

I thank the ones who take time to ‘see’ beneath the surface

To care with their hearts, to let me know

It means the world to me, so.. do they

Thank you, Friend… for really seeing ‘what my smile hides’… the real ‘ME’….


Dedicated to my Friend, MM….




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