The Smile- Poem

An old man lies on the ground coughing

All the empty souls walk by

Ignoring his existence

They’re too busy repeating the same task

Every single day

Like clockwork

Looking without seeing

Listening without hearing

Dead to everything around them

They can’t see how empty they are

Their eyes cloaked by years of experience

They talk on their cell phones

And stare ahead blankly

Coffee in hand

A little girl runs to the old man

Hello there she says brightly

Her blue eyes glow in the sun

Her hair blows in the wind

Where do you live she asks

Here on the street he replies

Her mother calls her name

She waves goodbye

Running to her mother

He smiles and looks up at the sky

He closes his eyes and goes towards the light



This poem was inspired by my fascination of observing people. I find that most people just drift through life without ever actually realizing that they are missing so much. We never stop and just look at everything around us, we never stop to give a helping hand and listen to someone else’s story. I don’t know when humans became so selfish and self-centered but I feel like we need to change our ways. Children are innocent and seeing the world through a child’s eyes is chilling and that is what I wanted to portray.

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