The Smile Confines

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If parting is such sweet sorrow
why does the sun
leave the Earth
in the hands of the cold-
hearted moon?

If a smile tells the brain
to feel happy, why
does the quiet nod,
the submissive okay,
feel so debilitating
even when I keep
smiling this way?
Could the smile

and eviscerate a person's
courage, such that they
never work the nerve
to speak up? Could
the smile confine
all other emotions
and arrest us into calm
and dormant peace,
so if we ever
have a voice
it's because
we thought

we fought hard enough
for the right to be heard
screaming for help
in the political whirlwind

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