The one you lost while writing papers or when stuck in traffic,
when running for meetings or meeting deadlines.
The one you wrote away paying taxes or
the one you silently traded for more assets.
The one that was squashed by that mob mentality or
flattened under the weight of your wants.
The one that got demoted into wry smirks when you were devalued or
the one that became cakey to keep up appearances.
The one that was sliced by your teen’s scathing remark or
the one that disappeared with a disappointing result.
The one that barely took shape even when
you heard a gurgling stream or
watched a child blowing bubbles or
spotted a red robin or
stepped on the crispness of autumn leaves.
Bring your lovely smile back.
The smile that beautifully lines your eyes with gratitude and
fills them with oceans of tenderness
The smile that gives hope to the dying and
energizes the living.
The smile that sparkles with innocence and
the smile that sparks friendships.
The smile that heals an ailing heart and
the smile that warms a cold hearth.
Bring back that forgotten smile.