“Stranger, Why Should I Not Smile At You?”

“Stranger, Why Should I Not Smile At You?” long poem

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Stranger, why should I not smile at you?
Why should we be entrapped under false separations
of race, color, caste, creed or any duality?
Are not we beings cast in the image of God?
Is not all – one!
We are all part of this wonderful journey
All here in same time and space
What are we afraid and apprehensive about?
When we can smile and share –
Our abounding happiness
And who smiles in this universe
Have you ever given a thought?
Stars smiles, heaven smiles,
And smile angels and fairies
And all things of mirth,
And so smile the Gods
In heavens,
When they see –
Those smiling
Who dwell here on earth!
So why should we keep our smiles back?
When it connects us at the level of our souls
So smile for a smile
From one soul to another
No click required, no artificial source
Yet your little smile
Will travel
On the wings of thought
And make your beloved smile
On the other side of the shore,
For smiles have same frequency
You can try this at home
It originates in our hearts
Travels from soul to soul,
And it opens up doors to heaven
Our hearts and our speech
And this is the talisman almighty preached
Stranger, smile with me
And we will create a ripple effect
Where everyone will be flooded
With smiles and happiness
No matter how hard you might have become
Just give it a try,
I will always smile at you
You too smile at me.

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Ray Salvador

Congrats what a wonderful poem — it’s deserving ….;)

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Happiness is not always about the self, sometimes it comes simply from the act of a smile passed from one stranger to another to cause a ripple effect. A noble thought captured poignantly in this poem which is so simple and unpretentious in its composition but so magnificent in its content. Worthy win!


my eyes were a little moist when I finished reading. That is all I’ll say


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