Substitute A Smile

Written for:  Poets and Storytellers United
Weekly Scribblings #59:  "Wait For It!
(posted by Rommy)

"Hello, Word Artists and Admirers! For this week’s prompt, I’m revisiting a favorite of mine, Hamilton. I’ve selected five lines from the musical to inspire our writing:

 “I’m looking for a mind at work.”
 “History has its eyes on you.”
 “Talk less. Smile more.”
 “Dying is easy, young man. Living is harder.”
 “Love doesn’t discriminate between the sinners and the saints.”

You don't need to use the exact wording, but please do include which one(s) you used to birth your creations somewhere in your post. Share your twist on these lines in either poetry or prose form, fiction or non-fiction."

The more I hear you
speak in a crowd,
the more convinced I am 
that you haven't the wherewithal.
People are appalled at your
snide remarks, insults,
and ego.  Ergo, perhaps
you should practice
your smile.  Razzle-
Dazzle them with 
a pleasing countenance
for once.

About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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10 Responses to Substitute A Smile

  1. oldegg says:

    When speaking in public it is best to convince listeners that you have something to benefit them. If you don’t they won’t support you.


  2. Jim says:

    Good advice, Sara. Those type persons don’t have many true friends. Recipients of favors or connections make up that ones followers, many are former adversaries.


  3. Good advice – but will they take it?


  4. Helen Dehner says:

    Ego / ergo = great.


  5. Kestril Trueseeker says:

    The tone here is so delightfully cutting. I can think of a few people this describes. How nice it would be to never hear from (or of) them again!


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