The Last Smile That I See

Updated on August 29, 2018
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Kenneth, loves satire and writings to spotlight others, but he also has an "addiction" so to speak, to dramatic and abstract/prose poetry.

Is this a work of fiction, this spirit?
Is this a work of fiction, this spirit? | Source

Time take your dimming tone and trim the ebbing life
Away from a life without any form or shape,
But be wary of the whispers, my friend, because they hurt
The innocent less than the vile.
A sunrise given from a proverb of old tells the tale of
The elder's vanishing sight. My friend, take some free advice,
He sees further and better than you or I.
I stand even here on knees of shaking vows, and look down
At the dried tears on my sleeves now taken for a price.
My friend, you have it all and you've always had it all, but now
I must caution the wise part of your hallowed crest,
And make you try to somehow listen with noisy ears that music
And jovial children could never sing loud enough for you.
My friend, the clouds belong to your fingertips as you well know,
But me? I am not about to cling again to a rotting corpse, a ruined,
Poisoned crust with a cheese some elder woman saved for me.
My friend, take careful aim with where your wisdom leads
And see the stumbling rocks and caverns left to stay.
You will rest any day now--once my shadow has left,
Once that my words are mere noisy shaking in a child's toy.
My friend, take in that valued breath, that silent death,
And the last smile I see is yours.

Time and lips both stand idly by.
Time and lips both stand idly by. | Source

© 2018 Kenneth Avery


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      Ken Avery 

      21 months ago

      Attention Ann; John; Liz; Gypsy and Karen: I am so sorry for not giving you a single comment box, because it is 12:40 am., CST, and this old man is spent to the bones. Tired is not the word.

      I Appreciate YOU All as well as loving and treasuring you all.

      I pray that you all have a Merry CHRISTmas and the Best New Year.

      Later . . .

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      Ken Avery 

      21 months ago

      Gypsy -- I am so, so sorry that this or me, is what is haunting you. This piece is not meant for darkness, but the small glimmer of a light at the end of a railroad tunnel or sorts.

      Please forgive me, dear friend.

      Merry CHRISTmas and Happy New Year.

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      Ann Carr 

      2 years ago from SW England

      You do these pieces so well, Kenneth. They have a poignancy and a passion. You are indeed a poet.


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      John Hansen 

      2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Kenneth, your writing is so diverse. Comparing poetry such as this to your wonderfully funny comedic offerings is like chalk and cheese. You do an amazing job of both but, honestly, this poem is moving and an incredible piece of writing.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      2 years ago from Daytona Beach, Florida

      Most expressive and passionate. You remind me of what is haunting me. You see last year when my troubles began and I lost my husband it was that last time we left him at the hospital. I said something to him but not all I should have I thought there would be time for that but as if knowing how things would turn out he did not look at me nor did he smile nor did he say anything. Even though I would probably have to be scrapped up off the hospital floor I still wish I could have been there to give him my last smile, I love you and to say goodbye. Otherwise it is like here today gone tomorrow.

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      Liz Westwood 

      2 years ago from UK

      Each time I read this, I pick up more from it.

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      Karen A Szklany 

      2 years ago from New England

      Moving poem through to the end, Kenneth!


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