A Smile Would Do

by Lacy D Phillips

Today I used skills I learned from Austen novels,
a thing I can only describe as simpering,
a subtle, silent thing requiring stores of restraint
unknown and unneeded by a modern miss.

Yesterday I spoke up in the checkout line
for the child being handled roughly,
flipped the bird to an idiot driver,
bitched to the boss about my workload.

I should take up poetry,
but I suppose a smile will do.


Posted on 07/08/2010
Copyright © 2022 Lacy D Phillips

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Stephan Anstey on 07/08/10 at 03:06 AM

Smiles and poetry are nearly equal in value ;)

Posted by Morgan D Hafele on 07/08/10 at 05:57 PM

what stephan said times 2

Posted by Julie Adams on 05/10/11 at 03:42 AM

how ur words draw a smile from each of us, this piece embodies the corners of a smile, polar in nature, and it inspires juxtapositions in me :) thanks, pleasure as always, peace, jewels

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