OctPoWriMo Day 2, Still Smiling

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Still Smiling

 Old family photos
frustrating kaleidoscope of
repressed memories
unsmiling faces focused
lens-melting glares
and me---
giddily smiling:
I really didn’t get it.
So much bitterness, anger
even still, firing at family functions
volcanoes erupting oozing virulent
toxicity, self-righteous self-congratulations.
Sometimes I still smile stupidly
origin story ignorant
but witness its unpleasant aftermath

They think I’m stupid.

I am now oddly okay with that.

Sascha Darlington

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