Why are you smiling, Miss
So very brightly

Why are you shining
So very much

Must it be
So remorsefully so

That in lieu of depth
With the ones we gave much to

We must settle for the shallow, and imagined pleasures of smiles

In passing

Because I know better
than to involve myself again
In what seems nice


Copyright © 2015 Carl Atteniese Jr., AKA ‘Mando’, All rights reserved.

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Carl is a Tokyo-based Writer, Artist, Videographer and Voice Actor from New York interested in Japanese, Ukiyo-e, philosophy and aerospace. For more about him, see his About pages.

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