A smile

As I walked, with my world in and on my mind

Faces looked at me and looked away

Some lingered on for a trifle longer

Some leering, some uncaring, some indifferent


I walked on, clutching at my world tighter

For, I didn’t want these faces to peer into it

Some faces smiled slyly at me

And I rushed forward, pretending not to notice


The sea of faces surrounded me from all sides

I flailed my hands, trying to surface

The walls closed aroud me

And the portraits on these walls stifled me


And then, came this wrinkled face

Old, maybe even tired

But the smile took my breath away

She smiled at me, as if she understood


My desperation to flee from these faces

Her eyes gleamed understanding as she smiled on

Time froze around me as my thoughts flowed

I smiled back, my heart and soul into it


For that fraction of a second, all faded

All that remained was me and that smile

The leers forgotten, the sly smiles buried

The world lit up, bright and cheerful


I walked on, to pursue what I wanted

But the smile remained, etched on my face

For I shall never forget, that stranger’s smile

The droplet that pushed the ocean back……………….


– Pritesh

(This incident is from my life when a smile from an old lady brightened my day……….)



  1. Ananth said,

    December 24, 2007 at 12:22 pm

    Wow!!!! I love this one! Very very good poem and thought!!!

  2. Shamit said,

    December 24, 2007 at 12:52 pm

    Awesome!! Very nice … Felt good after reading it.

  3. Sujit said,

    December 27, 2007 at 3:40 pm

    Well done Pritesh. A touching thought. 🙂

  4. Tata said,

    December 31, 2007 at 3:22 pm

    Maybe i’m a little dumb, but i don’t realize why this is called a poem. Is it because it’s organized into groups of 4 lines?

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