Behind it lies shattered dreams
It’s endured the sunlight, its burning beams
Hidden the broken hearts of his and mine
This smile is a souvenir, a signature, my sign.
Though emotions well up like rivers inside
Though there may be no kin in whom I confide
And whether my thoughts may be here or yonder
You’ll always witness this smile of wonder
The hell it’s escaped you’ll never know
The feelings it buries will never show
But when you’re in pain it knows where to go
The comfort it shows will take you to and fro.
A smile that melts hearts, a smile that eases wounds
A smile I built from the walls of empty rooms
Where these words were born as poems and rhymes
That express the smile that has traveled through time
From the era of childhood to the lady in red
This smile from innocence so quickly sped
Destruction surpassed and corruption did too
What’s left is this smile and the thought of you.
Whether you’re here for a lifetime or a day
This smile will be ready to embrace you all the way.
But if you fail, as so many have before
This smile won’t be shaken, won’t need to be restored
It cannot be destroyed, it will not be replaced
It’s what remains when all else seems misplaced
It’s defended love, protected those near
It’s hidden sorrow, and defeated all fear
This smile is a soldier, this smile is permanent
This smile is a warrior, in all battles, content
It shan’t be suppressed, it is highly contagious
More than diamonds, when adorned, this smile is prestigious.
No matter who comes and no matter who leaves
This smile to your memory, will forever cleave.
This Smile- R. A. Douglas