Treasure Island

Juan Olivarez

(september 12 / nyssa oregon)

How Many Ills Will A Smile Cure?


How many ills will a smile cure?
Perhaps none at all.
How many storms will a smile deter,
A tempest or a squall?

How many ills can a smile defuse,
Even if it's only one.
In a world full of raging storms,
One smile bright as the sun.

How many ills will a smile endure?
Through storms of wind and hail?
Through all the evil in the world,
A smile will still prevail.

Submitted: Saturday, August 24, 2013
Edited: Sunday, September 01, 2013

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8/22/13 Alton Texas

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  • Joseph Anderson (8/31/2013 1:39:00 PM)

    A smile is like a tonic for the giver as well as the receiver. A caring and considerate write and
    you presented it well (Report) Reply

  • Lorraine Colon (8/24/2013 2:47:00 PM)

    Great poem. Smiling is contagious. If someone smiles at you, you can't help but smile back. We just don't know what effects one smile might have on someone. (Report) Reply

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