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The $7 smile

Posted to Poetry

It was a $7 smile
that made the difference
in a film too unsure of itself
to be worthy of gratitude,
the silent music too quiet,
and the comic gesticulations
too spotty and contrived
to evoke sincere mirth,

But the 7$ smile of a girl
who found a boy
who knew she was beautiful
convinced me,
a middling poet
with an empty wallet
that sometimes it's best
to skip dinner and spend
your money
on a 16 year old smile
in a pink paisley shirt.