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Then A Smile Sprouts


Coercion and cajoling, teasing and lecturing.

What won’t I do for a picture?

I stand on my head, make silly faces, say

“Don’t smile or your cheeks will crack!”

I wait, the stubbornness digs in.

Finally, I relent.  “Go play.” I say

Then a window opens and up sprouts a smile.

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