Poetry 101 Rehab – Smile


Keep smiling.

Don’t stop.

Lest the facade crack and split
Like the Papier-mâché creases in your cheeks
That you chew on the inside.


Lest your face burst like a piñata,
Split down the centre as all that
Not-so-sweet emotion comes tumbling out.

For God’s sake smile,

‘It’s not like anyone’s died.’
At least, not on the outside.
And that is all that matters.


A prompt from the back-catalogue of the excellent Poetry 101 Rehab series that I missed a few weeks back. This time, the prompt is Smile. My response is, unfortunately, a bit of a dour one.

On a side note, I’m planning on starting my own  poetry prompt series in the very close future. If you would be interested in participating in a weekly poetry challenge/prompt series, drop me a message to show you’re interested. 

Looking forward to hearing from you.

Thanks for reading!

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