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A Smile To Remember

Rating: 3.7

we had goldfish and they circled around and around
in the bowl on the table near the heavy drapes
covering the picture window and
my mother, always smiling, wanting us all
to be happy, told me, 'be happy Henry!'
and she was right: it's better to be happy if you
can
but my father continued to beat her and me several times a week while
raging inside his 6-foot-two frame because he couldn't
understand what was attacking him from within.

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COMMENTS OF THE POEM
Bharati Nayak 19 July 2021

They were all goldfish in the closed jar, circling and circling without an escape.Perhaps death was what gave the goldfish the escape from unending torture.

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Bharati Nayak 19 July 2021

my mother, poor fish, wanting to be happy, beaten two or three times a week, telling me to be happy: 'Henry, smile! why don't you ever smile? ' and then she would smile, to show me how, and it was the saddest smile I ever saw---A sad story of tormented childhood so poignantly depicted.

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Sylvia Frances Chan 19 July 2021

Most deserving Modern Poem Of The Day!

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Sylvia Frances Chan 19 July 2021

A saddest poem most tragic so sweetly told, now I realized why all of a sudden why the great poet had become an alcoholic. His father abused them all so harshly. What a very tragic youth CB had! 5 Stars full

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Chinedu Dike 18 July 2021

Deeply poignant! A heartrending story told with eloquent finesse...

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duke perry abrokwa 01 January 2021

Sad not all smiles means happiness

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Rose Marie Juan-austin 01 January 2021

A vivid depiction of domestic violence and sufferings of a mother. Deeply poignant and gripping write.

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Kasturi G 07 December 2020

Beautiful. You need to empathy to appreciate his works. God Bless him. Thanks.

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laurence burris 14 November 2020

Charles nails what it is like to live in a home full of sadness and ennui. Brillant!

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Juliet L Languedoc 16 July 2020

This is profoundly done - love with unfolding beauty of true love.

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