My Poetic Path

My journey…shared in poems, prose and photos.

Just, smile…


“Smile.. though your heart is aching. Smile..even though it’s breaking.”


Do we ever really know what hides behind a smile?

Lifting the frown lines from gravity’s reach.

A grimace surfacing as a slightly apologetic grin.

Or a genuine, heartfelt, ear-to-ear, light up the room…



It’s hard, almost impossible to smile at times.

But there is always something to smile about, if we decide to overcome the moment.

We are always more fortunate and less burdened then someone else.

Perhaps, our smile will make a real difference in another person’s day.

Even save another person’s life, that day.


This I know.

This I will remember.

I will be sad, but I will also smile when I think of you.



Written for LLH Hugs…

Submitted for the SES prompt: Smile 


Author: Geraldine

I am a freelance writer, poet, artisan, avid book/product reviewer and award-winning cookbook author. I recently published the second volume of my new vegetarian cookbook series: The Groovy Green Kitchen (Volume 2): Simply, Super, Supper Soups and my inspirational, pro-active and fun book/eBook, all about aging well: Laughing AT the Grim Reaper! Gems of Wisdom for Aging Well. I am also the author of: The Groovy Green Kitchen (Volume 1): Weeknight Veggie Slow Cooker. Third Chapter, Second Chance (a mid-life romance). Not Just for Vegetarians: Delicious Homestyle Cooking, the Meatless Way and the poetry collections: Haiku Reflections: The Four Seasons (Volumes I, II and III) and My Poetic Path. These titles are available at all the Amazon sites. When I'm not writing or creating new recipes, I love to knit and crochet; usually with some "help" from feline friend, the yarn-loving Mr. Cheddar! 🐱 With Blogger, I also host my new author's site: Geraldine Helen Hartman and my product review blog: My Real Life Reviews. I hope you will visit often and enjoy all of my sites.😂 Thanks so much for stopping by. Wishing You a Happy Week and Namaste!

11 thoughts on “Just, smile…

  1. Simply beautiful Geraldine.

  2. That’s just a beautiful expression of finding happiness in the moment.

  3. Indeed a beautiful piece. We are too wrapped in ourselves to enjoy the moment!

  4. Well said. I don’t think we do know.

    At work, I smile whenever I have to walk into a situation that I am not sure of. It gives me confidence. It staves off the anxiety. Eventually it becomes a way of communicating respect and concern. But it needs to be read. Your poem is wonderful.

  5. Sometimes if I am feeling down, caught up in my worries, a stranger will smile at me and suddenly everything seems brighter. Such is the power of the smile. Beautiful sentiments expressed here, G!

  6. Hi G,

    I love it! It is true that if you can smile even when feeling “down,” just the act of smiling will make you feel better!

    There is a qigong practice called the Inner Smile in which you smile at your internal organs….sounds weird, I know……but the smile creates good feelings, and combined with intention and concentration, the practice creates healty organs! 🙂

    Love your new look here at MPP, too!

  7. this post really strikes a cord with me.. although i allow myself the freedom of telling the cyber community what i am really feeling,, in real life you could never tell by looking at me that i am bored or lonely or unhappy as i always wear a smile..

    so no you cannot know what it behind that smile,, sometimes we are better off that way i think….

  8. Hi Cat, Thanks so much. Nice to “see” you again.

    Hi Carrie, Sometimes hard to do but always something to strive for.

    Hi Gautami, Good point Gautami, Ill try to keep that in mind.

    Hi SandyC, I’m guessing you spread a lot of sunshine and smiles on any given day. 🙂

    Hi Selma, ANd doesnt that make a difference? I try to pass along a smile to another person too.

    Hi M, Good advice, thanks M. But I always get good advice from you, don’t I? 😉

    Hi Paisley, Ahhh…an insight into your daily life. Glad to read this.

    Hugs and Happy Weekend, G

  9. sweet, I especially like this line – “Lifting the frown lines from gravity’s reach” – cause they said it takes more to make a frown than a smile but sometimes it takes a lot to get a real smile out

  10. Well said, Geraldine.
    There is a sadness behind your beautiful words…
    A smile – I believe – has to be in the eyes too, to be a “true” smile.

  11. Hi Lissa, I hear ya Lissa…. I was having one of those days yesterday when a smile was hard to get out. 😦 Hopefully the rest of the week will be better.

    Hi Vesper, There is a sadness that runs deep in my words. So true V.

    Hugs and take care, G

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