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Measuring a smile


Noel Ihebuzor

How do you measure a smile?
Some would say weight,
But wait, what scales measure
lines on a face?

Some would say length
a smile a mile short would
mean more than one a metre long – let emojis tell us then,
but these speak not!

Nay, no!
A smile is the stretch of lips,
the curve of the mouth,
the sparkle of the eyes,
where the head
unveils the mind
and the heart
as both reveal
the unfurling rainbow
the springs of joy
dancing happily within us

Scales cannot, do not
capture nor measure
the colours, the contours
the rhythms, the genuine joys
that release the warming
scented sprays of a smile…..

Not all that makes life
Beautiful can be measured

0810 hours, Ashbury, Manchester


Development and policy analyst with a strong interest in the arts and inclusive social change. Dabbles occasionally into poetry and literary criticism!

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