Her Smile

An errant smile

a wayward tease

unintended flirt.


Innocent flight

whispers hello

And I surrender.


Am I so empty

so easily completed

by a smile?


Thoughts cascade

and move to flight

seduced by hope.


She and I

through the crowd

vanquished in a smile.


He brushes by me

from behind

and they embrace.


Intercepted smile

was never mine

how embarassing!

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Curiad 4 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

Well said Arb, "The Unintended Flirt." I love the way you flowed through the feeling of being flirted with by an unknown woman and then realized the truth.

Voted Up.


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arb 4 years ago from oregon Author

Thanks curiad, we are forever lost in the foolishness of hearts unleashed, but,such foolishness is so delicious. You are a most welcomed visitor.


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Vidya Mallar 4 years ago from India

arb... Very interesting and funny, yet sincere in presentation... what happens often to every one but no one reveals... Voted up... Have a good day..


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arb 4 years ago from oregon Author

Vidya, poetry, if nothing else must be honest. Thanks so much for your visit and a honest comment. Be well.


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cat on a soapbox 4 years ago from Los Angeles

Hi, arb. This one puts me right in your shoes. It is so very personal! We will always be hungry for those things that tempt our senses. It's an innate human weakness. I think of picking up the wafting aroma of some wonderful food nearby- meant not for me, but for someone else. It makes us uncomfortable to realize that we are not the intended recepient , but we still get to keep the pleasant sensorial memory! As you say, "foolishness is delicious!" Voted up :)


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arb 4 years ago from oregon Author

You, dear soapbox, leave the most tantalizing and delicious comments.BTW, How is your Haiku coming along? I thought it exceptional.


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xstatic 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

How embarrassing is right! I have been in that foolish position more than once. Wonderful Hub! UP!


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arb 4 years ago from oregon Author

xstatic, I smiled even before you responded knowing you had been there! pier 39 made us to much alike.


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS

Beautifully expressed; but how sad and what a loss if she was misread in the opposite sense, - and the smile was meant for the writer. Maybe the man coming from behind was a relative! ;-)


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arb 4 years ago from oregon Author

There is a bit of pixie dust about you Nellieanna. Probably why we are all bewitched by you!


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS

Oh, pshaw. Now who's teasing? (fluttering eyelashes)


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

Captured by a smile that wasn't meant for you :) You just hold your smile for everyone around and maybe nobody including she will notice it was especially for her.


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Kathleen Cochran 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

Oh, you got me. Too many great combinations of words to pick only a few out to praise. Poetry - congrats.


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arb 4 years ago from oregon Author

Hi Rosemary. It would be like smile ping pong! I like it.


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arb 4 years ago from oregon Author

Thank you Kathleen. (: Hopefully this one finds the intended target!


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phdast7 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

I do like this one a great deal Alan, and I didn't see it coming until I got to the end. Interesting, that stylistically (briefer lines) it is quite different from your other poems. Well, from the ones I have read, I know there are many more in your portfolio. :)


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arb 4 years ago from oregon Author

Trying new approaches to all things. I like it, but not my favorite. You weren't suppose to see it coming, proof that we see what we want.


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phdast7 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

No, it is not my favorite either, but it is still quite good. We do often see and hear what we want, don't we? :) I think I commented on being surprised because I have read quite a few poems where clearly the author's intention was to provide a twist at the end, but you saw it coming a mile away.

I find that disappointing. I like the sharp realization that someone has out thought or out imagined me...I don't feel diminished, just full of admiration for their skill and creativity. I have found that not everyone feels that way; when I was much younger I thought everyone would react the way I do. It is still a puzzle to me. Tomorrow, I hope to get to the two poems you mentioned. :) Theresa


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arb 4 years ago from oregon Author

Be well my dear friend. BTW Many times I write without knowing where the story goes. It is somewhere along the way I say, YES! This one I knew before I started. Nite.


Poetic Fool 4 years ago

Very interesting twist at the end but something I can relate to. This has happened to me but even more embarrassingly! Embarrassment aside, with great lines like these:

Am I so empty

so easily completed

by a smile?

you concisely and eloquently express an emptiness and need to be filled. Really a wonderful read!


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arb 4 years ago from oregon Author

Poetic fool, Thanks for visiting and for your gracious comment. I suspect it has happened to all of us. Most will keep it to themselves, but, I think such things make us laugh, 30 minutes later. Be well my fellow poet.


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weestro 4 years ago from Virginia

Wow, this was sweet, funny, and clever! Voted up and awesome!


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arb 4 years ago from oregon Author

Thank you weestro. An accidental endeavor lingering from an accidental smile.


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b. Malin 4 years ago

Hasn't this happened to all of us, in one form or another? You think someone is waving to you and you're not sure if you should wave back...so you look around and see no one...and so you wave and oops, the OTHER person arrives behind you!

Very Enjoyable read Arb...left me smiling!


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arb 4 years ago from oregon Author

Thanks b. Obviously you made it home. Glad you are back. say hello to lover boy!


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Gerg 4 years ago from California

Okay, I actually laughed out loud at this one! Thanks arb...

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arb 4 years ago from oregon Author

Then you too, have been there!


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Gerg 4 years ago from California

Definitely...


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shimmering Dawn 4 years ago

OH wow! what a twist to the tale.. beautiful! Loved it! Have a blessed day :)


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arb 4 years ago from oregon Author

Hi shimmering! It was a fun little write and I am so glad you like it. I am having a blessed day and I pray the same for you.


seestah 4 years ago

A simply written poem is the most difficult to write. This one is fluid, elegant and poignant. You captured a quintessential human experience that everyone can immediately relate to.


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arb 4 years ago from oregon Author

Thank you Linda, however, sisters are bias.


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PurvisBobbi44 4 years ago from Florida

arb,

A great poem so sweetly sad but a little funny. I cannot wait to read more.

Thanks your Hub Friend,

Bobbi Purvis


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

I didn't expect that coming. Loved it! Lovely and funny poem. Many votes !


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arb 4 years ago from oregon Author

You should by now, expect the unexpected from me dear victoria!


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AudreyHowitt 3 years ago from California

This makes me pause and think a bit--and I love the question posed in the middle--really a lovely, lovely write!


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arb 3 years ago from oregon Author

Hello Audrey and thank you. Are we all, so completed by a smile? We are more complete than before I guess.

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