• Vol. 03
  • Chapter 10
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Cheer Up

I painted a smile
Planted a grin like
a rose on plastic
landscape, happiness
popped up out of the rigid
earth, to travel
across hillsides and oceans.
It's not like cheer
comes easy.
A pump that has to be primed,
remembering to look at the bright
side when you're out to sea
or well-traveled
remembering you left something
deeply important at home.
No chance of going back for it,
might as well laugh
with hysterical forgetting.