My smile’s upturned
at the top of my head,
I imagine it now
to reside there,

inside and high
at the crown, it’s void
of the need for my face,
any muscle or tension.

In suspended
I simply will
will myself
simple, to be
me, not a care
in this world,
go dumb.

Mine’s a Cheshire grin
that you can’t see,
but inside I glow
with big polished teeth.

My sobs are just
camouflage, first
you see me, and then . . .

you don’t.

A lot of folks cry
on the inside,
not me!

I’m laughing all the way
to the wake,

by the way,
is on the way,
to the bank.

Keep your wits
about you man,
’cause a cold morning breaks everyday.

© Carlos Chagall 2013