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!