"Wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been"-Mark TwainA smile,
is a small gesture.
A smile is a welcome,
into our world.
I smiled and she opened up,
like a flower.
She told me of her pain,
she told me of the child that she lost fifty years ago.
She was burned in an accident,
and they could not save her.
She said, "I don't know why I am talking about it,
but I have thought about it every day since then."
She felt the sadness in my eyes,
I held out my hand and touched hers.
" I am sorry", I said.
Our eyes connected ,
my heart cried along hers.
Her wrinkles knowing,
she lived a life,
she had other children,
but she never forgot.
She smiled, lifted by sharing ,
lifted that she could remember.
Extending a smile,
it is I that is richer for it.
A lovely vignette about smile as a gateway to a deeper connection. Thank you for this, Ayala.ReplyDelete
Thank you, Belinda. The connection, her story moved me...ReplyDelete
Beautiful. And I love the Twain quote. So much so that I included it in my book :)ReplyDelete
Lovely. A smile can do so much to lift the soul. As can sharing a loss. It lifts the burden of the loss just that little bit to make it easier to carry.ReplyDelete
Thank you,Aidan. Yes,great quote :)ReplyDelete
Mel, sometimes that's all it takes, a smile, a kind word, a small gesture.ReplyDelete