I Laughed A Smile

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Even the smallest, seemingly insignificant things that we do, like a smile, can actually have a dramatic effect on not just our family and friends, but the world.

Never think: "I'm just one person amongst billions. Nothing I do can make a difference." We need to change that type of attitude to, "Everything I do can change the world." Do it now!

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I Laughed A Smile

by John Hansen © 2014


I laughed a smile into the air

It floated down but who knows where,

Perhaps onto another's face

In some war ravaged, distant place.


Maybe somewhere a sleeping child

Was 'midst a pleasant dream and smiled,

Or some old man about to pass

Had smiled and made a breathless gasp.


Perhaps he sighed a final prayer

Which floated gently in the air,

And drifted 'round the world, so wild,

To gently wake the sleeping child.


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Do you think the actions of one person, even as small as a smile, can effect the world.

  • Yes, change has to start with someone. Why not me?
  • No of course not. The world is too big. One person can't effect anything.
  • I may not change anything directly, but I can set an example.
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cam8510 2 years ago from Columbus, Georgia until the end of November 2016.

I appreciate the attitude in this poem, John. Can we, do we make a difference in one life, many lives? I like to think so. Your poem says it so well. Thank you.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you Cam. I believe and am optimistic. I know your words change lives., and hope mine do to. Cheers.


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Ericdierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

Let me be the man with wrinkles. So I have seen life. But not me forget others who have just begun!

Peace and Love be upon you, you artist of man.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you Eric, peace brother.


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Mary McShane 2 years ago from Fort Lauderdale, Florida

"Making one person smile can change the world – maybe not the whole world, but their world." Operation Smile

Your poem reminds me of the mission statement above from Operation Smile, an organization I hold dear to my heart and give a lot of my time and support.

And the Christmas song "Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me" cannot go unmentioned.

Your poem should rank right up there with both. Very well done, John


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kidscrafts 2 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

I think that you are right. If each of us would do even small things to change the world, it can have a huge impact. Some people say it's just a drop in the ocean but than I think of a tap that drips drop by drop and you place a bucket underneath... it doesn't take long to fill the bucket. It's the same principle with our actions... little drops that can change the world. I try my best to do my part :-)

Lovely poem, John!

Have a nice Sunday!

Joelle


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Mary, I actually got "tingles" up my spine when I read your comment. Weird I know. But when my poetry gets compared with famous statements and well known songs, well it's very humbling. Thank you again.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you for your wonderful comment Joelle, and for doing your part to make a difference in the word. The dripping tap into a bucket is a great example.


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Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

I truly believe with all of my heart that even a smile can have an impact on another one's life. We all can do something, anything to make this world a brighter place, no matter how small, it does make a difference.

Very beautiful and profound poem. I think this may be my new favorite of your poems.

Up and more and sharing

Hugs,

Faith Reaper


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Aw Faith, really, your new favourite? I am honoured, thank you so much, and for your great comment, vote, and share. Hugs back.


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Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

I have a poem speaking of the same thing in a different way of course so yes I do believe people can make our days...so why not try to make theirs? ^+


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you Jackie. I better get get over to your hub and check it out, hadn't I.


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tobusiness 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

I love the idea of an infectious smile, let's spread it around! As always, beautifully done.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you Jo, let's do just that. Your comment s appreciated as always.


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Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

I liked everything about this poem.. and the message it conveys..yeah awesome


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks Frank, can't ask for a better review than that. Cheers.


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Harishprasad 2 years ago from India

You are right, John. A man in street looks an ordinary being till someone with a compassionate heart and perceptible mind does not throw a gentle glance and a warm thought at him/her. When we feel greater empathy toward each other, all our feelings and gestures affect us all. You have flashed a powerful message of love through this tiny beautiful poem.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you as always Harishprasad. I always look forward to your kind and insightful comments. Take care.


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rebeccamealey 2 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

What a nice poem, you are a very talented poet, Jodah!


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you so much Rebecca, much appreciated. Glad you enjoyed it.


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billybuc 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

You should know by now how I feel about this subject. One person can make a difference; I refuse to believe otherwise....and I loved the title of this hub/poem.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hi Bill, yes I sure do know your feelings. It's a theme that runs through all your writing. Thanks for your comment, yes I was proud of the title too. ;)


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VVanNess 2 years ago from Prescott Valley

You know, I make it a point to smile and wave at everyone I see, regardless of whether I know them or not. I really enjoy putting a smile on other's faces. And I've been thanked many times for bringing a little happiness to the neighborhood.


Jane Arden 2 years ago

Oh yes, without a doubt. As MJ said """I'm Starting With The Man In

The Mirror""" Beautiful poetry as usual. I love the pictures, the variety of us humans, from the old, young beautiful and plain. Voted UP John.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

VVanNess, thank you for stopping by to read this. The world would be a better place if more people would do like you. Keep swing my friend.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks for the kind words and the vote up Jane. True you have to smile at yourself first don't you, then you can share that joy and let it spread throughout the world.


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Eric Flynn 2 years ago from Providence, Rhode Island

Positive energy always wins.

EWF


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Sure does Eric, like Stan Wawrinka over Raffa in the tennis. After he beat the Joker, I put some money on him to win the final.....was worried when Raffa came good towards the end, but got there.


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AliciaC 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

I love your poetry, Jodah. This one is not only beautiful but also has an important message. Each of us can make a difference.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks Alicia, those are the type of comments that mean so much. All the best to you.


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Nellieanna 2 years ago from TEXAS

I believe this premise so much. When it comes down to it, all progress (and failure) is by individuals, not by committees or governments.

Actually I could answer both the first and last questions on the little survey honestly. Change does start with one person, but whether or not it starts or enacts a change, one's example and circle of influence matter. We must do what we think right whether or not another person follows suit, and yet it does make a difference in some way, large or small what we ourselves do. I like to think it matters, so I chose the first reply.

I just love your poem and the great reminder of Wadsworth's poem with its appealing cadence and outcome, "The Arrow and The Song”. Yours is even more uplifting! You are quite a poet!

This hub gets my votes!


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you for your kind words Nellieanna. This message seems to be the theme for a lot of hubs recently, so obviously a lot of people believe it. All we can do is what we feel is right and hope it encourages others to follow suit.

This is the second time a poem of mine has been compared to wordsworth. I must go and read some of his poetry. Thanks for the vote up.


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Nellieanna 2 years ago from TEXAS

oops - I didn't see my reply and almost duplicated it. I'm sorry, also that my comparison of poet's work was incomplete. The poet I meant is Henry Wadsworth Longfellow! I always seem to think of him as Wadsworth. haha. Do you know the poem I meant? Here it is:

The Arrow and the Song

BY HENRY WADSWORTH LONGFELLOW

I shot an arrow into the air,

It fell to earth, I knew not where;

For, so swiftly it flew, the sight

Could not follow it in its flight.

I breathed a song into the air,

It fell to earth, I knew not where;

For who has sight so keen and strong,

That it can follow the flight of song?

Long, long afterward, in an oak

I found the arrow, still unbroke;

And the song, from beginning to end,

I found again in the heart of a friend.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Wow, I'm amazed at the similarities because I've never read that as far as I can recall. I can see why my poem reminded you of this. The Arrow and the Song by Longfellow....cool, thanks for sharing that. Love it.


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Romeos Quill 2 years ago from Lincolnshire, England

" One man can make a difference ." Remember that one from Stan Lee? A pleasant little verse Jodah.

Best Wishes,

R.Q.


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cat on a soapbox 2 years ago from Los Angeles

Imagine if each smile actually lit up more than our eyes. Say it was akin to lighting a small candle. It would be awesome to watch the world illuminate and would put a smile's effect into perspective. Nice poem :)


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks R.Q. , don't remember it off hand, but I'm sure he said it in one of his comics.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Yes Cat, wouldn't that be a wonderful thing to see? Thank you for reading and your comment.


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FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

I love the message. Emotions are infectious. We should make sure that what we're spreading is good stuff.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

I totally agree Flourish" Thank you.


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Nellieanna 2 years ago from TEXAS

Well, since Longfellow was an American writer, poet and educator, you may not have run across much of his work! He was born in the early 19th century in what became the state of Maine. You’d like him, I think. There may be things in common with him other than a certain style of writing poetry.

Here’s what he wrote to his father during his senior year at college:

“I will not disguise it in the least... the fact is, I most eagerly aspire after future eminence in literature, my whole soul burns most ardently after it, and every earthly thought centres in it... I am almost confident in believing, that if I can ever rise in the world it must be by the exercise of my talents in the wide field of literature.”


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Nellieanna. I'm off to Google to check him out right now. Thank you for sharing that. I may look up Wordsworth while I'm at it.


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annart 2 years ago from SW England

Absolutely beautiful and a great philosophy. Of course we can all make a difference, one by one. You only have to have a hint of a smile on your face when you walk down the street and loads of people will smile at you. It's such a good feeling and it does seem to cause a chain reaction; the butterfly effect.

Lovely words here, beautifully crafted. Ann


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you so much Ann for that wonderful comment. I agree totally.


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teaches12345 2 years ago

This is a perfect poem and it says so much about the ability to change the world with just one smile.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Joelle, I really appreciate that wonderful comment. Thank you for taking the time to read this little poem. I think it got its message across.


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DDE 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Beautifully written and expressed the unique personality makes individuals special and a pleasant smile draws others to you.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you for your kind comment DDE. I appreciate you taking the time to read this poem.


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Genna East 2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

A lovely poem, Jodah, that is so very true. :-) Smiles work wonders ni this day and age of anger and frustration. Voted up and shared.


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AudreyHowitt 2 years ago from California

This is such a touching piece !


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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

I love this poem Jodah, passing on a smile is one of the best things in the world to do!


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Genna, thank you heaps for the comment, vote up and share.. Yes a simple smile can be so powerful. I'm sure you light up many lives with yours.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you very much Audrey, I'm glad you enjoyed this poem.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hi Nell, I am glad you enjoyed reading this. Thank you for your comment. A smile is a powerful thing.


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Vellur 2 years ago from Dubai

A beautiful poem! Enjoyed reading.


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sujaya venkatesh 2 years ago

i smiled a laugh on reading yours jo


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you Vellur, I am glad you took the time to read and enjoyed this.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you Sujaya, I would like to see that. :)


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tillsontitan 2 years ago from New York

I voted all but funny on this one.

Not just a beautiful poem well written, but a beautiful thought for all to live by.

Very well done my friend.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Tillsontitan, that is probably the kindest comment a writer could read. Thank you very much for your vote up and generous words. I agree we should try to live by this.


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Monis Mas 2 years ago

Every action caused a reaction. I love "Butterfly Effect" - it is a great example of a crazy chain of reactions!


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

That's it Monis Mas, exactly! Thanks for reading and commenting.


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proudmamma 2 years ago

Thanks for reminding me to smile. The simplest thing as a smile can change things even if only for one. It is a start, and it can be contagious!


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Yes proumamma, it isn't always our first reaction to smile and sometimes when life is hard it isn't easy, but you soon find it isn't that hard and it becomes contagious making the world around us seem a better place. Thank you for reading and commenting.


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sallybea 2 years ago from Norfolk

Lovely poem with a beautiful message. A smile says it all. I also love the images you have used, especially the male portrait, simply gorgeous, thank you for sharing. Voted up and more.

Sally


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you for reading and for your sweet comment sallybea. It's a message that needs to be spread, so thank you for sharing and voting up.


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ChitrangadaSharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

Lovely poem with beautiful suggestive pictures and an important message!

We should all smile and make others smile. It does not cost anything!

Thank you and voted up!


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Yes you are so right Chitrangada, a smile costs nothing and can make suh a difference to others. If everyone smiles more often the world will be a better place.


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TIMETRAVELER2 2 years ago

Delightful and uplifting post. I wholeheartedly agree with its message :))


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you for reading and commenting TIMETRAVELLER2. Glad you enjoyed this.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you for reading and commenting TIMETRAVELLER2. Glad you enjoyed this.


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ZenandChic 2 years ago

Poignant poem and I really like it!


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks for visiting another of my hubs ZenandChic. Glad you enjoyed this one.


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jtrader 23 months ago

Good poem. I got here from Rasta's hub on "Doing good in vain For there is no reward". Good to be reminded by you both that our kindnesses do count. I believe that they make a difference, no matter how small they may seem to be.


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Jodah 23 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks for reading trader. Glad you found this. Yes, any small act of kindness can have a huge domino effect that most of us never see, but happens in the background...like the video here. Glad you enjoyed.


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lbrummer 15 months ago from Hartington, Nebraska

Short and sweet and expresses the value of a smile. A great way to start the day.


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Jodah 15 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you very much lbrummer. Have a great day and meet it with a smile.

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    John has been writing poetry since his school days. He was awarded "Poet of the Year 2014" Hubby Awards and has had two poems become songs.



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