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Smile: The Elixir of Life

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Jeff Zod enjoys classical poetry. He enjoys reading poetry from great historical poets as well as modern poets.

A smile will cost you naught,

A frown will cost you a lot,

Recipients of your smile will be enriched,

Strangers shall thus be bewitched,

What is the value of a smile?

A smile adds to those who give,

It is more blessed to give than to receive,

A smile fades too fast,

Try your best to make it last,

What is the value of a smile?

Princes and peasants alike know the value of a smile,

For a simple smile, they will go an extra mile,

Money can not buy happiness,

You can be happy even with less,

What is the value of a smile?

A smile is rest to the weary,

It brings cheer and joy to the teary,

Like a drop of dew in the desert,

It slakes the thirst and warms the heart,

What is the value of a smile?

A smile is sunshine to the desperate,

It is the unguent to those filled with hate,

A smile can not be bought, begged, borrowed or stolen,

Nor can it ever be forgotten,

What is the value of a smile?


© 2019 Jeff Zod

Comments

Guto B on September 05, 2020:

A smile is valueless ( no cost) but worthy everything to give and to be given.

Jeff Zod (author) from Nairobi on September 25, 2019:

Hi Carol,

Thank you so much. I really appreciate it.

Carolyn Fields from South Dakota, USA on September 24, 2019:

Lovely!

Jeff Zod (author) from Nairobi on September 23, 2019:

Hey Audrey,

Thank you so much for appreciating my poem. Life is too harsh and many people do not smile any more. A smile will brighten up your day.

Audrey Hunt from Idyllwild Ca. on September 21, 2019:

I love your poem, Jeff. Smiling is free therapy. One of my very favorite songs written by Charlie Chapman is "Smile." The line "You’ll find that life is still worthwhile if you just smile.”

Jeff Zod (author) from Nairobi on August 24, 2019:

Hi Pamela,

People in my country are very depressed due to the harsh economic realities facing them. They have lost hope and a smile is a luxury for them.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on August 24, 2019:

Hi again Jeff, Your smile statistics are sad for adults. Maybe we all should try harder to not be so serious all ther time.

Jeff Zod (author) from Nairobi on August 23, 2019:

Thank you so much dear @Amanda. Let the magical beauty of enchanting words engulf your heart.

Amanda Nechesa on August 23, 2019:

What is the value of a smile ☺️I love this

Jeff Zod (author) from Nairobi on May 01, 2019:

You are most welcome Tina.

Tina on April 30, 2019:

I love this friend... Beautiful... Smile will wash away tears...

Jeff Zod (author) from Nairobi on February 25, 2019:

Hi Pamela,

Thank you so much for stopping by.It is always a pleasure to have you here. Did you know that six year olds smile an average of 300 times a day and adults only smile between 15-100 times a day?

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on February 25, 2019:

I suppose you can't put a cost on the value of a smile. Your insights are excellent, and I think smiles are tremendously important also.

Jeff Zod (author) from Nairobi on February 24, 2019:

Hi Dora,

It is always a pleasure to have you stop by. A smile is one of those rare things money can not buy.

Jeff Zod (author) from Nairobi on February 24, 2019:

Hi, Fiberesima,

I agree with you. Babies smile a lot but they are conditioned by the society to become sad, grumpy and unhappy adults. A smile will brighten up the days of those around you. It will also help to make some situations easier to bear.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on February 24, 2019:

What is the value of a smile? Certainly more than money can buy. Thanks for sharing your insights.

Liz Westwood from UK on February 24, 2019:

You make a lot of good points in this poem. Hospitality companies are finding the importance of encouraging employees front of house to smile at guests. A smile goes a long way when you arrive to check in at a hotel for the first time.

Jeff Zod (author) from Nairobi on February 24, 2019:

Hi Poeticnurse,

Thank you for stopping by. I really appreciate it.

Poeticnurse from Nigeria on February 23, 2019:

A Smile is one thing we can freely give to calm a raging heart...

Miebakagh Fiberesima from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA. on February 23, 2019:

I smile regularly. It is a health tonic. The first thing a healthy baby does on waking up from sleep is smiling into the faces their see. What a health benefit!