Souren Mondal

Gold Star - 31,507 Points (10th November 1991 / Chandannagar)

Smiling Girl - Poem by Souren Mondal

And she always greets everyone with a
tender smile,
Flashing her pearly white teeth;
She speaks in a sweet, melodious voice

Everyone thinks she is a happy-go-lucky
girl of seventeen,
with dark, deep eyes and silky smooth
hair and a permanent blush on her cheeks.

But inside she is like a ballerina with a
broken toe, in an opaque glass globe,
where charcoal snow falls and freezes her heart,
with an occasional acid rain that melts her bones.

But she always flashes her tender smile at everyone
And speaks in a voice that sounds like music.

No one knows what's inside her,
What broke her so bad,
that she cannot but always smile...

Topic(s) of this poem: pain, smile

Form: Free Verse


Comments about Smiling Girl by Souren Mondal

  • opoet me poet (6/25/2018 8:56:00 PM)

    beautiful girls know what the world sees so poor ones have to hide their inner feelings and show their blushing faces smiles et all this world chases em all intelligent yes but poor ones victims fall after all man is an insane snapster he strikes at only weak and the meek So you but naturally praise her young man your poetry s delightful compose more very few have the acumen that inside you you store read more (Report)Reply

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  • Abhilasha BhattAbhilasha Bhatt (11/27/2016 4:06:00 AM)

    An amazing poem......mere bahar shor hi shor tha, aur andar gehri khamoshi.....loved it :) (Report)Reply

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  • Fabrizio FrosiniFabrizio Frosini (9/28/2016 11:19:00 AM)

    I almost missed the news that 'Smiling Girl' is 'poem of the day'! Well, my friend, I'm late, but here I am.. :)
    Indeed, I had often wondered when one of your poems* would be made 'poem of the day'.. since your poetry is REAL POETRY and awakens its readers to the reality of the world.. - Well done, PH!

    (*there are many that should be such)
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    Souren MondalSouren Mondal(9/29/2016 5:08:00 AM)

    Dear Fabrizio. A lot of this poem belongs to you. I remember writing a few weird ones like Poète Maudit and Fragmented Thoughts, poems filled with unnecessary jargons and writien, as I can fully admit, with an intention to 'show off' my 'intellect', and you advised me to write poems as poems should be written, with images and a poetic language. This poem might have come without that advice, but never would it have taken the shape it took.

    I will take those words of yours that made me a 'real 'poet' to my grave dear friend. You have shaped me, alongside Daniel, Pam, and Kelly, in particular, into a poet I am 😇😇

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  • Aarzoo MehekAarzoo Mehek (9/27/2016 3:48:00 PM)

    Glad I popped in to see what my friends are writing and glad I came back for good. Lovely poem Souren, all the emotions captured so well leaves the readers in awe. Very touchy..straight from your heart. (Report)Reply

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  • Rajnish MangaRajnish Manga (9/27/2016 1:37:00 PM)

    The first image that came to my mind on reading this poem was that of an air hostess who always wears a smile on her face. But, when she is her own self, there may be hundred and one problems afflicting her. This is quite often these days to encounter people with dual or a personality. Thanks a lot, Souren. (Report)Reply

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  • Ratnakar Mandlik (9/27/2016 11:19:00 AM)

    Simply superb poem as also the insightful imagery. Heartiest congrats for inking it as also on it's poem of the Day. (Report)Reply

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  • Kelly KurtKelly Kurt (9/27/2016 10:38:00 AM)

    This is a wonderfully written and insightful piece. I think we both understand the psychology of what you describe, but your description is hauntingly poetic and the metaphors are sharp and pointed. Glad to see you, and this piece get this recognition.
    Peace and love.
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    Souren MondalSouren Mondal(9/29/2016 5:12:00 AM)

    Thank you Kelly. I have been fortunate to have you around since my days as a 'new' poet to this time. You had been a great friend and reader dear. Thank you😊😊

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  • Mohammed Asim Nehal (9/27/2016 9:37:00 AM)

    Smile have miles apart when it comes to love, the story behind the smile is sometimes nostalgic and intriguing so be careful while dealing with such smiles. A thoughtful poem Souren and Congrats for the honours POTD.... (Report)Reply

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  • Savita TyagiSavita Tyagi (9/27/2016 7:50:00 AM)

    Beautiful poem and a pleasure to read. Yes many broken hearts and toes are hidden behind some smiles. She is courageous to keep on smiling. A positive attitude is the biggest asset. Someday she would smile I her heart too. Congratulations for poem of the day selection. (Report)Reply

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  • Hans VrHans Vr (9/27/2016 7:25:00 AM)

    The third stanza is breathtakingly beautifully written.
    While reading, a wave of certainty came that
    one day she will discover the great healing power of absolute forgiveness
    and break out of the opaque glass globe and smile inside again too.
    Hatred inside is like the acid rain, only damaging ourselves
    Forgiveness is like sunshine, like honey, curing our soul.
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  • Madathil Rajendran NairMadathil Rajendran Nair (9/27/2016 7:21:00 AM)

    Simple, short, beautiful poem that resembles both a red rose and the mist surrounding it. Congrats for poem of the day! (10) (Report)Reply

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  • Pamela SinicropePamela Sinicrope (9/27/2016 7:10:00 AM)

    Ahhh! Congratulations Souren. How cool that this poem got poem of the day. Well done. I've already commented on this one at length. :) Well deserved. (Report)Reply

    Souren MondalSouren Mondal(9/29/2016 5:10:00 AM)

    Thank you so much dear Pam. You were the first to comment on this poem here as well as in the 'Anthology'. Your kind words and your friendship have only made me a better poet 😊😊

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  • Nosheen IrfanNosheen Irfan (9/27/2016 6:27:00 AM)

    Such a beautiful depiction of a girl's innermost self. A female often has to wear a fake smile in front of the world. Congrats on well-deserved honor of being the poet of the day. (Report)Reply

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  • Kanniappan Kanniappan (9/27/2016 2:51:00 AM)

    It is a simple to read and wonderful poem of a girl who smiles in spite her agony inside. (Report)Reply

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  • Bharati NayakBharati Nayak (9/27/2016 1:52:00 AM)

    Hiding her pains, she was flashing her sweet smile- - -The picture you painted through your beautiful words is true of many innocent girls who go through pains yet do not show it.Hiding one's pain even to a lover may have many reasons behind it.Sometimes one may hide, because she does not want to hurt him.One may think that showing pain is treated as one's weakness. Smile can also be pretentious.Your poem expresses tender and sweet feelings.A great write.Congratulation for Poem of the Day. (Report)Reply

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  • Kim BarneyKim Barney (9/27/2016 12:42:00 AM)

    Wonderful poem, as many others had already discovered, based on all the great comments. Not much more to be said, except congratulations on having it chosen as member poem of the day! (Report)Reply

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  • Poet PoetPoet Poet (7/8/2016 5:14:00 AM)

    this is beautiful
    compose more like these
    at your youthful age
    with romance you must be at ease
    be positive young man
    this poetry does me please
    and my ad on
    I smile too much
    that is my only folly...
    few smile with me...
    many do at me
    then friendly son
    smile along
    but not with or at me.....
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  • Sonali GangulySonali Ganguly (4/8/2016 9:08:00 AM)

    many smiling faces actually hide out many painful stories behind.... wonderful thought... beautiful presentation..... (Report)Reply

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  • Barry MiddletonBarry Middleton (3/15/2016 9:30:00 AM)

    Very good new friend. There are many such girls as this in our cruel word. Almost sadder than the injured souls who always wear a frown. (Report)Reply

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  • Susan WilliamsSusan Williams (2/21/2016 2:47:00 PM)

    Whoa! That was well-worth reading. I really like the way you didn't go all sentimental and weepy about it- -by doing it this way, you gave that girl strength. She's been hurt but she has pride- a kind of humble pride- in which she's been savaged but she is not going to savage herself by letting everybody know about it by sackcloth and ashes. That is heroic. But I hope that she has some friends she can talk to otherwise that smile could keep everybody from really knowing her and in that sense she is estranging herself from life. Ah, you have drawn me into this girl's life, Souren. Here I am analyzing her and caring about her- - that is called reaching out and touching your reader. Your imagery and word choice are spot on and I think free verse was the best choice for this piece. (Report)Reply

    Souren MondalSouren Mondal(2/24/2016 7:37:00 AM)

    Thank you.. I am sorry that I am replying so late on this comment.. No one actually asked me really about on whom this poem was based on, and your question open up a kind of a Pandora's Box that took a toll on me so to say..

    She used to be, how can I put it, my 'sweetheart'.. I was vehemently in love with her for five long years.. It was a complex story. But to keep it simple, she 'sort of' lied about her miseries to me to find an emotional partner in me while she had another one who 'satisfied' her 'other' needs.. I always remained the person who supported her, and tried to make sure that the smile which I felt was forced upon her face was kept alive.. But after doing this for years, I came to know how she had lied to me.. It was a disaster.. I was not even able to smile myself after this experience, and left her.. While doing so, I ruined myself too, because her smile had become my life.. A long year since that has happened, now when I look back at her, and the moments that I have spent in awe of what she was and what she did to me - I no longer feel sure whether she was indeed, the 'smiling girl' as I painted her to be here... Maybe she was something else entirely, maybe she was just as I had projected her here.. I don't know any longer.. But in probabilities, this poem is no longer for her, but many more who go through 'actually' such experiences and turmoils in their lives.. The many more 'smiling girls' who exist out in the world.

    Thank you for the beautiful comment Susan..

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Poem Submitted: Friday, October 9, 2015

Poem Edited: Friday, October 9, 2015


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