Smiles are sealed envelopes
containing words that can devastate
or those that can bring joy.
Unaddressed letters worry us more
We pry them open with frantic hands.
as we suspect something's wrong.
Truth flashes occasionally
like the golden tooth hidden
underneath that smile.
Like the gargoyle on the facade
smile ages beautifully.
And time tries to breathe life into it
to cover itself in meaning.