Faking a Smile

False smile
Faking a Smile
by John Bennett
It’s never
too late to
toss old
notions.
To come
around to
a new
way of
seeing things.
To recant
repent &
repeal your
pleas &
demands.
Change isn’t
out of
the question.
Spruce up
& it’s
yours.
I sense
you’re not
buying it.
I sense
you’ve reeled
into the
black pit
of experience.
& yet…
it’s still
there,
that gleam
in your
eye.
Miles past
wishful thinking,
you fake
a smile.

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  1. Well done! Meaningful line and stanza breaks. Strong delivery: “Spruce up and it’s yours.” Clarity: “I sense you’re not buying it.” Economy: “It’s never too late to toss old notions.” Differentiation: “To recant repent & repeal your pleas & demands.” Imagery: “I sense you’ve reeled into the black pit of experience.” Surprise ending that ties it all together in revelation: “Miles past wishful thinking you fake a smile.”

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