• Forever Smile


    An uplifting poem written by Teal during a 'dark night of the soul' about the way that pleasure is truly known when contrasted by pain.


    We cannot forever smile 
    To know the value of a smile.
    Its symmetry is only known 
    By the violent disagreement of woe 
    Sorrow is the spot light 
    That Illuminates joy 
    On the stage of life
    We must first clutch our griefs 
    In quivering arms
    To learn how to drop them
    To learn how to embrace 
    Relief instead
    When you taste the value of a smile
    When you feel its symmetry 
    Against your lips
    You will see that you are the richest man on earth
    Who has been begging for a living
    That you already made
    You will see that you are the freest man on earth
    Who has been banging on the jail bars
    That you already escaped from
    Both wealth and freedom 
    Are meaningless 
    Without the awareness 
    Of what it is you are fighting for
    What is the goal of your wealth?
    What is the goal of your freedom?
    If not to smile.
    So smile today
    And see
    That the violent disagreement of woe
    That the heaviness of grief and sorrow
    Was worth it
    Because 
    We cannot forever smile 
    To know the value of a smile
    But once we know the value
    We can smile.