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Through you I smile

I’d tell you my story, but where I’m from
it’s just a statistic
Life and death- same difference- it’s just ballistics.

So much suffering – I no longer pray for salvation
But say
‘Unharden our hearts, soften the indifference, please
let us not become animalistic’

I can’t drown – there’s no water
I can’t choose darkness – no light

I break my back- hospital full of counterfeits- bills left to pay
Work, work, work- greedy employers- overtime, what overtime?-
don’t bother them with linguistics

I fall asleep, dream in a loop- even my fantasies have become realistic

DON’T tell me it’s going to be okay- I’m not idealistic

And yet…something happens when I hit the poetic scene
There he is encouraging others, commenting on poems
Reaching out to new poets and just being optimistic 

His words flow so fluidly, so joyously-tears prick my eyes
Gentle words, humorous words- my heart constricts 
My face muscles contract
This feeling I get when I read his words is so foreign…
I wreck my brain trying to solve the mystery
Suddenly, my head bobs
My heart expands
My muscles relax 
My mouth curves – it is called a smile

Your words are my balm – your goodness my hope – 
your encouraging others my optimism

It is through you that I smile
so please try not to be sad. 


Dedicated to Richard Lamoureux, he who makes me smile.



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  1. Date: 12/6/2014 3:40:00 PM

    Verses of Great Expectations.Best regards
  1. Date: 9/23/2014 8:12:00 AM

    Beautiful, beautiful write, Vicky! Please continue to churn out these poetic gems! Pandita
  1. Date: 8/15/2014 9:12:00 AM

    Good morning Vicky, thanks for adding my poem to your winners list. I hope you are well my friend.
  1. Date: 8/14/2014 8:34:00 PM

    Vicky, what an amazing tribute and all the qualities you mention about Richard are seen by so many. Great poem friend!
  1. Date: 7/27/2014 8:28:00 PM

    Hi Vicky, it was such a treat to read this one again. I have missed you, I hope this greeting finds you well.
  1. Date: 1/29/2014 11:22:00 PM

    Vicky This was an interesting and unique dedication. I could feel your heart and soul pouring out of each line. Nicely done Thanks for the great comment on my Why God poem.
  1. Date: 1/20/2014 3:29:00 PM

    Hi Vicky, I truly enjoyed reading your poem. It's lovingly dedicated to your special one. Thx for sharing!! & Thx for your wonderful comments on my poem! :)
  1. Date: 1/20/2014 11:47:00 AM

    Wow, you have touched us with how you have been touched. Your elaborative expressions fill the page from both sides of the world. Richard truly must be awed by witness such as this. The rest of us are here to read what truly must be bliss. Peace. :)
  1. Date: 1/2/2014 4:11:00 AM

    Some people are true gems..happy new year
  1. Date: 12/31/2013 2:39:00 PM

    Vicky, there ain't enough sevens at 7 up soft drink co. Your poem is Outstanding and you are a poetry , Pen Up beauty queen!! hugs, chuck
  1. Date: 12/6/2013 1:48:00 PM

    Hi Vicki, I am going to be co hosting with Drake this Sunday, I would be thrilled if you called in. I have missed your visits, I hope you are well.
  1. Date: 10/10/2013 6:50:00 AM

    Congrats for the win in the contest, Vicky
  1. Date: 10/7/2013 5:04:00 PM

    I'm thrilled your poem placed in Franks Contest. I still can't thank you enough for this gift Vicky!
  1. Date: 10/7/2013 1:03:00 PM

    hello Vicky lovely to see you again, yes your right Richard is a one off ....Seren
  1. Date: 9/6/2013 12:56:00 PM

    Hi Vicky; It's been some time. I love your poem. I see you dedicated your poem to Richard. I guess we had the same thing in mind. He does make people smile. So keep smiling. Thanks for sharing.....Lucilla
  1. Date: 9/5/2013 8:05:00 AM

    Good morning Vicky.
  1. Date: 9/1/2013 11:38:00 PM

    A glorious, dedicated write!!! Very nice!!! Hugs, Maggie Mae
  1. Date: 9/1/2013 5:38:00 PM

    Well written beautifully done and written with such honesty l LOVED iT pure emotional gold is written within these lines thank you it was nice to come home from work and read such a wonderful write. cheri
  1. Date: 8/31/2013 10:33:00 AM

    Wow what a beautiful tribute, to a much deserving man Richard.....great man, great friend!!! excellent write, vicky....thanks4sharing:) peace & blessings always,,, cherie
  1. Date: 8/31/2013 7:13:00 AM

    Good morning Vicky, I came back to enjoy another smile. I hope this greeting finds you well and in good spirits. Hugs Rick.
  1. Date: 8/31/2013 6:44:00 AM

    I call him Mr. West Coast Richard, a dear fellow countryman of mine. Awesome tribute my dear Vicky... hugs, JACK XOXOX
  1. Date: 8/30/2013 11:03:00 PM

    Amazing write, I really liked this one!!
  1. Date: 8/30/2013 8:36:00 PM

    This is super sweet and super creative! It is profound, our minds. We do need the soothing balm of optimism from time to time, and I am glad Richard inspired you to write such a cool poem. :) Always, Laura
  1. Date: 8/29/2013 10:49:00 PM

    There are no words to express the way that I feel when I read this poem. The closest that I can come is to tell you that you made feel some of the despair that so many people feel. And that is a great testament to you Vicky.
  1. Date: 8/27/2013 9:37:00 PM

    lovely dedication, very inspiring, warm thoughts, Ralph
  1. Date: 8/27/2013 6:44:00 PM

    Wow... nice piece!
  1. Date: 8/24/2013 8:18:00 PM

    Hi! my friend, he is very nice person and his heart is filled with love. A heartfelt dedication. Smile always. Loved always, bl
  1. Date: 8/24/2013 5:07:00 PM

    If I may say, edgewise, I totally agree with the comments below... and the many in the same vein, that remain unexpressed!
  1. Date: 8/24/2013 8:32:00 AM

    amazing poetry, and such heartfelt dedication to an amazing guy...
  1. Date: 8/24/2013 2:57:00 AM

    AFTER I READING UR POEM ..............I ALSO DO SMILE...........
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