burning smiles


fabricated smiles are woven
into the gnarled beard that hides me
tied on with strings of booze
sunken eyes reveal the truth
but most don’t look past bared teeth
like simians on the last rung of evolution
devoid of investigative reasoning
or simply don’t care to dig further
either way the pilot light behind these eyes
is fading
waiting for the fire to burn again
perhaps we can use fake smiles as kindling
or is that not socially acceptable?


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