“Force A Smile” Poem of the Day (2022)

Force A Smile

By Ashley O’Hare

Wagging puppy tails


cheerful baby wails

should be more than enough

to keep you from going off the rails.

Is it too hard to smile?
To use those muscles

after they have rested a while?

Like a bird in the meadow,

you hide from the expectant stares

of the people who will never understand

your despair.

So go to the gym

and learn to fake it better.

Deceit is easier

than writing a letter.

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