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Forever Smile

About this poem:

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.




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