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The Sadness Behind Her Smile

     The Sadness Behind Her Smile

She was seen all over town wearing a frown upside down.

Putting on a pretending face.
Hiding secrets and disgrace.

Did anyone know? 
Did anyone care?

She got on her bike, “ride, ride, ride somewhere”

Liquid poison, hidden away. 
That’s where she wanted it to stay. 

“He is the best dentist all around”
 X- rays, cleanings, new crowns. 
 His patients showing off in town.

So proud of their new teeth.

Oh, the secrets that lay beneath.

“How are you today?” “Are you ok?”  “Where were you yesterday?” 
 Grown-ups or friends would ask or say.
 She wished their questions would go away.

Her home expensive, in a fancy neighborhood, showed off good,
though no one believed or understood.

When her life she re-arranged,
her upside-down frown for the most part changed.

 A- B -C -D- E- F- G 
 The Cat and The Fiddle.
 Diddle, diddle dee.
  A teacher of children she would be.
 "Look at me, busy as a bee!”
 “Lilly shared her blocks with me”
  To her heart, they held a key.

Soon she was seen all over town, no longer wearing a pretending face, her true smile now from an honest place.

His decay... brushed away.

Won’t you ask how she is today?

Copyright © Marikate Kingston | Year Posted 2022


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Date: 9/15/2022 5:48:00 PM

Such a descriptive, moving narrative poem about challenges for a young one, Marikate! Janice
Date: 9/9/2022 3:08:00 PM

A complex story with much courage and insight, leading to happy results, wonderful! Robert
Date: 6/20/2022 10:24:00 AM

Wow Marikate! What a story. I’m glad there was a happy end to it.
Date: 4/6/2022 3:14:00 PM

My heart rejoices when I hear from you dear friend, having my cafe night on line tonight and we will be reading to each other, we were born to be connected so no matter how far we are, we can always cross the borders and connect. You are always welcome to join us, at any given time, much love, and prayers are coming your way, Welcome back dear heart xo
Date: 2/28/2022 8:57:00 AM

Just lovely, Marikate! Thanks for sharing your spirit and journey with your words, filtered through the heart.
Date: 2/13/2022 5:15:00 AM

I pray she is ok, and enjoying the smiles that come her way, thank you for sharing such an interesting story, Marikate. When we look back at our background we realize sometimes, it was only a dark tapestry preparing us for the light chiascuro colors we were going to implant , in the future. So proud of you girl, You Go to it, smile, your the best !
Date: 2/8/2022 6:47:00 AM

Hey Marikate! It’s interesting reading all the comments and your explanations which, in a way, were a relief to hear because I was imagining the dentist as a molester, which is much worse to me. Glad to know there was a happy ending. Great poem!
Date: 1/20/2022 6:10:00 PM

Sorry my first comment was so tone-deaf. I have to admit that I didn't read your poem carefully... Now that I have, my heart goes out to you... Mostly glad that you had the courage to strike out on your own... Wish I had gotten out from under the shadow of someone who squashed my development for the first 40 years of my life... Good for you, and keep smiling, Marikate ~ gw
Date: 1/20/2022 5:36:00 AM

A lovely poem of a person undergoing change from within, Marikate, being with innocent little children can truly uplift one's heart:) touched to know that it is your life story, you have won over life's challenges, kudos:)
Date: 1/19/2022 5:01:00 PM

Delightful to read. I loved the pace and whimsical rhyme within a great story. I can tell you are a fabulous creative teacher.
Date: 1/19/2022 12:12:00 PM

Great story! Especially positive with the decay going away. I will ask how she is today? But, I bet I know an answer pretty close. Well written :)
Date: 1/19/2022 11:17:00 AM

Dear Deb, thank you for replying to my poem. The poem is about my dad, the town dentist. He was a drinker, not a good one. I grew up & moved away to be a kindergarten teacher. This changed my life in wonderful ways, cleansing a lot of "dad dental decay from my soul" It's kind of dark. Cathartic for me though. Thanks for taking an interest. It's always nice to hear from another poet.
Date: 1/19/2022 1:19:00 AM

A great story Kingston …I enjoyed it! Someone you know or fiction? Debx
Date: 1/18/2022 8:12:00 PM

I hope that no one was 'teething' her... ~ The man with a lithp, but no thmile.