I learned to smile when I was young,
When smiling wasn’t a mask
Or a weapon
Or a guise.
When you watch me now, smiling
At the distance,
Know my smile is old;
As old as the sun.
For I learned to smile when I was young,
Embraced by youth as defined by
Naivety, eagerness, and love.
When you watch me smiling now - know
Its because this smile is all I’ve got.