love lament at sixteen

he didn’t smile anymore

not readily, that is

he looked sad, lonely

like he was always lost

in a black and white nightmare

smile for me

won’t you please

no color, no sound, no people

no heart, love, life

what happened to him?

three years had gone by

what pain or shame had they brought him?

smile for me

i won’t tease …

when he smiled it was beautiful

his face came alive

the mask fell off

the little boy from three years earlier

came out of hiding

smile for me

won’t you please

smile for me

i won’t tease …