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Smile!

I can do it, you know,

put a smile on my face.

You know the sort;

that garish,

brilliant,

upturned splash

of red

that seems to be

somehow

essential.

I’ll paint you a smile,

fake you a smile

but I’ll never

meet your

eyes

while I do so.


Submitted: January 17, 2020

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jmm424

Direct eye contact for longer than 2 seconds makes me very uncomfortable. Nice job, Hull.

Wed, January 22nd, 2020 6:38pm

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Oh, me too, jmm. Thanks so much for reading.

Wed, January 22nd, 2020 12:18pm

Mike S.

Everyone wears a mask, Hull, excellent!

Wed, January 22nd, 2020 6:42pm

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Thanks, Mike. I'm sure they do.

Wed, January 22nd, 2020 12:19pm

Bert Broomberg

Great poem.

Wed, January 22nd, 2020 8:28pm

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Thanks so much for reading, Bert.

Wed, January 22nd, 2020 12:29pm

Sue Harris

Mannequins in shop windows have painted on faces and smiles, but their eye's stare steadfastly into the middle distance... just a mask, no emotion, no spirit, no soul. This is how I interpreted this, Hully!

Wed, January 22nd, 2020 9:24pm

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Yeah, or there's the smile on the lips and the tear-stained eyes too. I hate feeling like emotions have to be hidden because they are not the acceptable ones.
Thanks, Sue.

Thu, January 23rd, 2020 11:33am

dewey green

Exactly! I hate that we are constantly told to "grin and bear it" fuck the bloody robotniks, that expect us all to conform! Onya mate! You struck a cord with this one!

Thu, January 23rd, 2020 9:08am

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Thanks, dewey. Sometimes it really does get too much!

Thu, January 23rd, 2020 10:05am

TheGothicUndying

I find it hard to make eye contact because it feels like the person is trying to hypnotise you. Like you smile when not making eye contact and you mean it, but smile while making eye contact and they think you don't mean it. It's like a game of poker - am I bluffing or not?

I think the eyes reveal a lot of emotions, and they don't always tell the truth. Great poem Hully. You're brilliant at writing poetry.

Sat, January 16th, 2021 11:56pm

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I find eye-contact impossible, and it's not because I've got anything to hide. I really can't explain why it is so excruciatingly painful, but it is.

Sun, January 17th, 2021 11:56am

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