A Smile

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We smile at strangers
Wanting reciprocation, wishing courtesy
A smile is easy
When the heart skips
And the gait fleets
And your anchors are
In their resting places

And sometimes we
Are gravity-nurturers
Cradling the murk and the gloom
When a smile is seemingly
An anti-anthesis
Feigned in haste, in drudge
A meniscus of pretense
Of unfluidish curve

A smile after all
Will always be, a battlefield
Of botox and bloom

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Author: meandererworld (Dilantha Gunawardana)

Dr Dilantha Gunawardana is a molecular biologist who graduated from the University of Melbourne. He moonlights as a poet. His poems have been accepted/published in Forage, American Journal of Poetry, Kitaab, Eastlit and Ravens Perch. He mixes science with poetry for a living, when what matters is the expression of both DNA and words into something serendipitous. Although an Australian citizen, Dilantha is domiciled in Sri Lanka, his country of birth.

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