A smile is a mystery of hidden stories
Of laughter, pain, and old glories
Its silence whispers unspoken words,
Of dark places never heard.
Its painted patterns hide the scars.
Of stolen dreams and broken hearts
It casts a shadow of hidden doubt
Of moments caught in twilight sprout
A mystic gloat that ebbs and flows
Upon a wave of silent notes
A hush, a whisper, a tender gesture
Of life’s mixture, a blend of splendor.
“A smile is a secret kiss of the heart….”
A smile can be inviting, mystique, and tender, yet it never really gives us a real picture of the full condition of the heart. How many times have we had to put on a smile when our hearts are breaking on the inside? We sometimes wear masks to hide our pain, while laughter holds our spirit together. Some of us are expressive and open about our feelings, problems, and family issues, while others, based on culture and perception, handle pain and process it inwardly and secretly. Isn’t it amazing that the most powerful tool we have, our mouth, holds such a mask for us to camouflage our disappointments and pain caused by the daily complexities of our lives?
This excerpt was taken from “Promise within Every Purpose” by Sophia Mahalia Lyttle. You can read the full quotation in her book, available on Amazon in paperback, Kindle, and eBook.