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Of late there has been something missing
From my visage, my mien and my face
My adult self not able to regain
What it is my childhood has misplaced

The absence has become more apparent
And is there for the assemblage to see
But as it did not happen over night
The origin remains a mystery

Could it be the colour and the tone
Of my sallow skin pigmentation
From too many hours indoors alone
And within my imagination

Perhaps I should pierce my ear and nose
Rebel against a faceless system
Or indeed tattoo text upon my neck
Quoting some so-called ancient wisdom

I could iron out all of the creases
Nip and tuck on my pronounced cheek bones
But this would mean erasing my journey
So I might never find my way home

And none of these things in any case
Will ever change the person that I am
Or influence the mood of the others
Like a timely facial expression can

From limbic system to nerve and muscle
To the countenance conveyed on my face
So complex that even Mona Lisa’s mood
Took over four years to encapsulate

Along with that epiphanic moment
Comes emotional dexterity and guile
As I realise; while my eyes still twinkle
All I have been lacking is a smile
7x
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ConvictionbyLarm Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Student General Artist
I thought, I've lost my smile and that was horrible and I felt scary when I couldn't laugh authenticate
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:iconrifle1980:
Rifle1980 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013   General Artist
I know how that feels. Thanks for your comment and reading this poem :)
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ConvictionbyLarm Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013  Student General Artist
thank you for writing such wonderful poetry !
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nightlynxness Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013
Ha, that made me smile =)

I could iron out all of the creases
Nip and tuck on my pronounced cheek bones
But this would mean erasing my journey
So I might never find my way home- my favourite stanza!

The part about Mona Lisa amused me much, ahaha!
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Rifle1980 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013   General Artist
:D glad it made you smile. Thank you!
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poeknowsprose Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013
I especially like the last stanza. Good work.
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:iconrifle1980:
Rifle1980 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013   General Artist
:) thank you. Glad you enjoyed it.
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ninjananny Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013
THIS IS AMAZING!!!!!
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:iconrifle1980:
Rifle1980 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013   General Artist
thank you! :)
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NewEmma Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great poem Colin ! :)
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:iconrifle1980:
Rifle1980 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013   General Artist
thank you :hug:
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:iconnewemma:
NewEmma Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome ! *hugs back*
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EvelynTaliette Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013  Student Writer
What a lovely little piece!
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:iconrifle1980:
Rifle1980 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013   General Artist
thank you! :)
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WeirdAndLovely Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I have been too. It's quite a miracle to find it again. I hope you have. :heart:
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:iconrifle1980:
Rifle1980 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013   General Artist
I am, thanks to a special friend :)

thanks for the comment!
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WeirdAndLovely Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Good. :)

You're welcome. Thanks for the poetry!
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whoiswhatnow Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013
delightful with a little peace of beauty :)
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:iconrifle1980:
Rifle1980 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013   General Artist
thank you :) glad you enjoyed it.
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xTurtlina Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013
Made me smile in the end :)

Keep smiling Collin!
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:iconrifle1980:
Rifle1980 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013   General Artist
thank you Hessa :)

update me with what's been going on with you when you get chance :)
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cupcakekitten20 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013
Beautiful :+favlove:
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:iconrifle1980:
Rifle1980 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013   General Artist
:) thank you
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word-s-myth Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013  Professional Writer
Mona Lisa's smile is a mystery. Here, you turn the absence of smile into a mystery :-) Very well done.
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:iconrifle1980:
Rifle1980 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013   General Artist
thank you, I am really glad you liked it. Thanks for faving too :)
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Cygam-7 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013   Traditional Artist
Wpnderful :D
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:iconrifle1980:
Rifle1980 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013   General Artist
thank you! :D
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BeautyOnParchment Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
This is beautiful :)
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:iconrifle1980:
Rifle1980 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013   General Artist
Thank you very much :) Oh and thanks for the fave too.
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PatrickWithWords Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013
Nice work! :)
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:iconrifle1980:
Rifle1980 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013   General Artist
thank you! :)
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unsolved-soul Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013
Always awesome :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D <---- lots of smiles for you
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Rifle1980 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013   General Artist
:iconimsohappyplz: yay smiles! thanks for comment and faving :D
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unsolved-soul Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013
Of course, always :D
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Fedora-Will Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Very well said.
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:iconrifle1980:
Rifle1980 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013   General Artist
thank you :)
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EKKnight Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Pretty good poem
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:iconrifle1980:
Rifle1980 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013   General Artist
thank you :)
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sfrasermait Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013  Student Writer
Thanks for making this. Its hard to find a smile most days.
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:iconrifle1980:
Rifle1980 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013   General Artist
I am sorry to hear that but thank you for taking time to comment on my poem :)
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DevonEaton Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
You always manage to end on such a good strong note.
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:iconrifle1980:
Rifle1980 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013   General Artist
thanks man and thanks for the fave :)
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