Ivan Donn Carswell


A Smile At No Expense


dwelling in uncertainty
that vacillates between
despair and hopelessness
swamped in depths of
darkened introspection
edged with silver chalices
dispensing only misery
– oh, is this figure me

cannot reach beyond good
yesterday where joy at no
expense conspires with glee
to free at least a winsome
smile – but wasted in this
hapless halophile
© 17 July 2009, I. D. Carswell

Submitted: Monday, July 27, 2009
Edited: Sunday, August 09, 2009

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