Smile a Lot

by flammeusgladius

Smile a Lot



(for Karen Swallow Prior)



My old friend Karen’s sometimes-smiling face
is quite enough to cheer up such as me.
When she refrains from smiling, I agree
that smiling is supremely out of place.
She carries frowns with such impressive grace
that I am elevated just to be
frowned upon. It is glorious to see
her wrath, her doubts, her eyes in any case.
Back when we stood together in the fight,
she gathered up her eloquence to speak
for those who could not speak. And how the light
descended! Her composure was unique.
Today, her words are erudite and right.
If mine have any value, it’s oblique.



–Tom Riley