Msuthukazi ayanda Noganta

One More Reason To Smile - Poem by Msuthukazi ayanda Noganta

I once told u that If you would open my closet you'd find crib notes I've saved since I was 14, explanations of why I choose to live smile by smile regardless of constantly built lies n fights n sometimes lack of love

If you read them you'd see tht I olwaes started by saying dear me, like I was prepared to seek help from me, myself n I was probably trying to run awae from reality.

If you would open the 1st note you find, look at it without reading the contents the emotions would build gracefully on ur conclusion cos myb at the time I was happy, happier than I'd ever been.

Then without reading the body, let ur eyes run down to the last line which olwaes read 'I'm not done', then mayb you'd see xactly y I'm stil searchin n exploring becaus-

It was my sense of adventure that brought us here to begin with, maybe thats why I always manage to keep going, keep lookin, for just one more reason to share my smiles with those dear to me

So when u last asked me why I always smile, I smiled n told u I hav less to frown for, took my pen n promised you I'd write more because everyday brings a new reason to be happy. I told you life had been too long to hold on to grudges cause I don't know how long I still have.

I said I had found love within me, love more precious than tht promised by others daily. I told you I was free, like I wanted to b remembered for my grace n positivity! I told you I always look forward to an unanticipated tomorrow so I'll olwaes hav jus one more reason to smile

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Inspired by my late grandmother (Hilda Nomthunzi Noganta)

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, February 21, 2013

Poem Edited: Friday, February 22, 2013

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