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Poetry Sunday-A Smile




A Smile



A smile stretches,

And cracks open my heart.

Letting a soft, warm light

Illuminate the fringes of my world.

Spreading from head to fingertips to toes.

This glowing feeling,

Happiness, emanating back

to the corners of my upturned lips.

Stretching further,

And exposing my burning core

set ablaze with delight and peace.


© Donna Donabella 2015



This poem popped into my head as I was flying to Colorado for my niece’s wedding.  The warm feeling that a smile can bring, and how easily it can change your attitude.




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Special Note:  The pictures here are selfies taken at various times over the last 2 years without a cell phone, as I do not have one.  I used the Photo Booth app on my Mac.



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  1. January 17, 2016    

    Wonderful piem – delightful evocative selfies – simply beautiful! ! ❤️❤️

    • January 17, 2016    

      That would be “poem” no idea what a piem would be – lol

    • January 19, 2016    

      Oh Pearl I am blushing…thanks!

  2. January 17, 2016    

    A smile makes both the giver AND the receiver feel good!

    (I am wondering if the photo is of you?)

    • January 19, 2016    

      Yes Mary they are all of me….some half hidden but me!

  3. t t
    January 17, 2016    

    Beautiful composition! Words play wonderfully, here.

    • January 19, 2016    

      Thanks so much T. I love it when my poems play!

  4. January 17, 2016    

    Such a beautifully touching poem 🙂 indeed a smile can light up your heart with joy 😀
    I too wonder if those gorgeous pictures are of you? Beautifully executed 🙂

    Lots of love,

    • January 17, 2016    

      Thanks Sanaa….Indeed these are selfies taken of me without a cell phone….I rarely take my picture!

  5. January 17, 2016    

    It is so true, a smile can speak more than words. A European friend once commented to me that Americans smile a lot.

    • January 19, 2016    

      I wonder why that is Karin….but I love it that we smile a lot!

  6. January 17, 2016    

    You have such a contemplative smile. Very nice poem, Donna.

    • January 19, 2016    

      Thanks Donna…I have been called a deep thinker so my smile fits! 🙂

  7. January 17, 2016    

    your smile poem is infectious. 🙂 in a very good way. you made me smile

    Happy Sunday to you

    much love…

    • January 19, 2016    

      Ah, then my poem did its job..thanks gillena!

  8. Bjorn Rudberg Bjorn Rudberg
    January 17, 2016    

    Smiles are true gifts… that delights the giver too… loved it.

    • January 19, 2016    

      I am so glad you liked it Bjorn….I agree…the giver is given a gift too!

  9. CC CC
    January 17, 2016    

    “set ablaze with delight and peace”—how wonderful when a smile is so genuine that it goes this deeply to the core 🙂

    • January 19, 2016    

      That is when we know it is genuine isn’t it….I love feeling those deep smiles!

  10. January 17, 2016    

    I love the poem and photos, and hope the wedding was wonderful, Donna!

    • January 19, 2016    

      I have been known to cry at weddings, but all I could do here was smile a broad smile! It was wonderful Sherry. I have a poem coming up about it in a few weeks.

  11. January 17, 2016    

    Nothing is more beautiful than to present a smile as a gift and as a gift to receive it, it doesn’t cost anything, but its value is priceless, it can mean so much love … but probably today not everybody think about it … and it’s truly a pity !
    Thank you for these lovely verses of yours, darling Donna, I hope that your niece’s wedding was very joyous and filled dwith so many smiles !

    Have a most beautiful Sunday evening, my beautiful friend,
    sending much dear love

    • January 19, 2016    

      Dany the wedding was a joyous event as our family was gathered together….we are scattered and separated by thousands of miles but not for that day! I agree, we forget that a smile is the perfect gift to give and so easy too! Sending you big smiles an hugs my friend!

  12. January 17, 2016    

    And your poem, your smile and your face reflect your beauitfiul self.

    • January 19, 2016    

      You are so sweet Soosie…thank you! You made me smile!

  13. January 17, 2016    

    There is so much warmth in a smile.

  14. January 17, 2016    

    I just so adore those first two lines. What a wonderful motto that would make on one’s front door, or hung in the kitchen, or painted onto a piece of slate or a brick and placed where all and ones self could always see. This brought sun to my day!

    • January 19, 2016    

      And your beautiful words have made me smile…thank you!

  15. January 17, 2016    

    Magic happens when we smile from our heart. It spreads from our lips to all over our body.
    You’ve expressed it so beautifully, Donna.
    Keep smiling. Much love <3

    • January 19, 2016    

      It seems I do smile more these days Purba! And especially when I read such beautiful sentiments!

  16. January 17, 2016    

    Wonderful composition, in lyrics and images! Greetings!

    • January 19, 2016    

      Thanks so much Alexa! So glad you liked it….

  17. Tatius Tatius
    January 17, 2016    

    There is so much in a smile, the way it touches most everyone who notices. Very good poem!

    • January 19, 2016    

      I couldn’t agree more…a smile does spread, doesn’t it.

  18. nan nan
    January 17, 2016    

    to smile like you’ve described is to do great yoga! I smiled as I read it. Thanks! (And thanks for your visit. You GOT my poem :-))

    • January 19, 2016    

      You are most welcome Nan….I love the idea of a smile like great yoga!

  19. January 17, 2016    

    A smile lets a golden glow creep into our hearts 🙂

    • January 19, 2016    

      Oh that is a perfect saying Cherie!

  20. January 17, 2016    

    A smile can go a long way and brighten any day!

    • January 19, 2016    

      Yes Truedessa! It is the perfect beginning and end to any day….

  21. January 17, 2016    

    So true, yet we seldom stop to fully appreciate.

  22. January 17, 2016    

    sometimes all it takes is a smile… very true.

  23. January 17, 2016    

    And I am smiling at you!

  24. January 17, 2016    

    Yes, a smile, even a small one, can do so much to mend the jagged fringes of everyday life.


  25. January 18, 2016    

    set ablaze with
    delight and peace.

    Certainly a very wonderful smile to share Donna


  26. January 18, 2016    

    Wonderfully captured. I cannot read this poem without smiling a great big “yes” this is a smile. yes.

    • January 19, 2016    

      And that is the perfect compliment…thanks Susan!

  27. January 18, 2016    

    This is a treasure … I have never heard a smiled described so joyfully. Wonderful!

    • January 19, 2016    

      Oh thanks so much Wendy…I couldn’t ask for a better critique!

  28. January 18, 2016    

    loved the smiles and the poem!
    a smile brightens our days and hearts. 🙂

  29. January 18, 2016    

    I love the sense of progression in this piece – sometimes you almost have to relearn how to smile – not just on your face but inside..perhaps a physical shift – like a journey is needed to raise the spirits and mood..all those things that can hold you down temporarily suspended 🙂 tried to insert a photo but failed..

    • January 18, 2016    

      Oh your beautiful words are perfection my friend ……as beautiful as your smile. I found I had to add something to my blog to allow images uploaded so here you lovely lady! Your beautiful smile! Thanks for sending it to me!

  30. January 18, 2016    

    this is such a delightful read….

  31. January 18, 2016    

    O, yes! We need to remember about the power of love! Your phrase about illumination all of your fringes – my favorite.

    • January 19, 2016    

      You always pick my favorite parts too!

  32. January 19, 2016    

    a smile can speak of many things!
    lovely photos to accompany the poem as well.

  33. January 19, 2016    

    I love reading everyone’s comments about a smile…can’t imagine adding anything else! Wonderful!

    • January 19, 2016    

      Weren’t they amazing comments Robin.

  34. January 20, 2016    

    What a beautiful message. A smile can make us look younger…and more beautiful I hope you have a wonderful week and lots of happy things to smile about! Hugs, Diane (I’ll be smiling extra tomorrow!)

    • January 21, 2016    

      I agree, smiling is good for our body, mind and spirit and important for staying young! Hugs to you Diane! 🙂

  35. January 22, 2016    

    A smile is the prettiest gift you can give someone when you’re happy. enjoyed it!

    • January 23, 2016    

      I am glad you enjoyed the gift James!

  36. January 22, 2016    

    I love seeing your smile:)

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“Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence.” ~ Aristotle


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