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Friday, January 3, 2003

A Smile To Remember

we had goldfish and they circled around and around
in the bowl on the table near the heavy drapes
covering the picture window and
my mother, always smiling, wanting us all
to be happy, told me, 'be happy Henry!'
and she was right: it's better to be happy if you
but my father continued to beat her and me several times a week while
raging inside his 6-foot-two frame because he couldn't
understand what was attacking him from within.

my mother, poor fish,
wanting to be happy, beaten two or three times a
week, telling me to be happy: 'Henry, smile!
why don't you ever smile?'

and then she would smile, to show me how, and it was the
saddest smile I ever saw

one day the goldfish died, all five of them,
they floated on the water, on their sides, their
eyes still open,
and when my father got home he threw them to the cat
there on the kitchen floor and we watched as my mother
duke perry abrokwa 01 January 2021
Sad not all smiles means happiness
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Rose Marie Juan-austin 01 January 2021
A vivid depiction of domestic violence and sufferings of a mother. Deeply poignant and gripping write.
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Kasturi G 07 December 2020
Beautiful. You need to empathy to appreciate his works. God Bless him. Thanks.
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laurence burris 14 November 2020
Charles nails what it is like to live in a home full of sadness and ennui. Brillant!
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Juliet L Languedoc 16 July 2020
This is profoundly done - love with unfolding beauty of true love.
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ASmileToRemember 29 April 2020
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J.B. Eliot 07 October 2019
He's a good cautionary tale of what domestic violence in the house does to a childs psyche. Perhaps happiness to him felt like a contrivance too often because he saw his mom pull it over any tragedy like setting drapes in front of a window with a large mushroom cloud in the distance.
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Adeeb Alfateh 16 June 2019
my mother, poor fish, wanting to be happy, beaten two or three times a week, telling me to be happy: 'Henry, smile! why don't you ever smile? ' great 10++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
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Bernard F. Asuncion 05 April 2019
A touching poem full of emotion........
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