The Smile To My Heart

a poem by Linda Bates Terrell, USA

When I feel low,
An am a sorrowful soul,
I think back, of that day,
When I was out at play,

A little boy
Eyes so kind,
He passed by,
Swinging his crippled arms,
No fingers, or thumbs,
No hand to hold,
Beside him
a man silently stands,
The lad smiled joyfully.
Displaying all his charms.

I sit to think a bit,
He could not play ball,
Nor hold a baseball mit,
He might to easily,
Tumbled an fall,
His smile reached out,
What was he so happy about,
I felt his doubt,

I asked him,
Expecting him to be grim,
Why are you so happy,
Then looked up to the man,
Standing silently beside him,
He replies,
with joyful eyes,
This is my pappy,
We are going for a walk,
He is mute,
He can't talk.

Twas long ago
I met that lad
So now, when I feel bad,
Alone and sad,
As life gets to most.
With problems mounting,
by the ton,
I think of that man
and his son
I then smile inside,
As I think of them,
And my live
no more seems so grim

That man and his son
will not see,
the smile to my heart
they bring to me
To my soul,
The smile within
Still today,
he's left
and even sometimes
a friendly grin.

Linda Bates Terrell
June 15, 2009 5:17 PM.

corrected and re written March 2, 2012

When I was growing up the drug Thalidomide was used for sleeping pills and it disfigured many children in the mid
1960's. This poem is a tribute to those who were scared for life but had an inner joy that shined brighter than any star.

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