Smile by Susan Mehr

Alone she sits, an empty shell in a silent place lost within. Time passes while cradling a mug of coffee, enjoying the aroma’s embrace, plunging to sip at a dark bitter taste. Loneliness screams, motivation lost, furthermore a blank canvas awaits the colours of spring. A sardonic smile she gives, burying the pain of a solitary life.

Birds tweet, on a branch above, not only a mere tune, but experiencing the music content and happy. Brushing against her, a cat purrs a welcoming hello at the same time a chorus of leaves rustles in the breeze. Buzzing bees adds to the symphony lured by the sweet fragrance of flowers framing the landscape. Opening her eyes again, refocuses she does. A simple smile given with a nod. A stranger’s priceless gesture, the touch of hope.


Smiles, glints of joy,

priceless, incalculable,

humbling and kind.

10 thoughts on “Smile

  1. Beautiful prose poetry, Susan.

    I especially like this for its great poetic strength:
    “Loneliness screams, motivation lost, furthermore a blank canvas awaits the colours of spring. A sardonic smile she gives, burying the pain of a solitary life.”

    Your lovely words are a chant to hope despite difficulties where I see the colours of spring about to fill the blank canvas as the best antidote to the screaming loneliness. How wonderfully penned! I wish every human being would gather this strength to overcome their difficulties, sadness, etc. The voice of your text stands on the opposite end to my friend Mario Savioni’s Frank, the main character of his novel “Pickles and Tarts”. I think your work complements his, and his yours. where he presents very short chapters, easy to read, without having to read the previous one or the whole story until now.

    As you may remember, Mario’s story deals with 54-year-old Frank who has been selected by 19-year-old Nicole through a dating site. Frank looks at Nicole’s photos on the site and is attracted to her beauty. Nicole tells him she has a boyfriend and is not interested in a romantic relationship. She adds: “It’s fun to talk to different people sometimes.” The only apparent thing Frank and Nicole seem to have in common is their interest to write stories. Perhaps they should meet just to write one together? Now Frank has already started to imagine this story out of his infatuation and sexual obsession with Nicole’s beauty; he imagines a story-within-the-main-story. I think “Pickles and Tarts” is a lovely story of illusion-delusion, dream-reality, non-conformist with the Capitalist system, reflective on love, sex, drugs, abuse, loneliness and human relationships in today’s world. It is profound and highly intriguing. I especially recommend chapter 15 now. Mario and I would love to have your comment again as he is especially looking for the female perspective we women like you and me may have on his story. I have already given him my opinion. Remember that without Mario I would never have started my blog nor crossed paths with your beautiful writing.

    Here is the link:

    And also Mario’s piano music, beautifully relaxing:

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    1. Thank you for your comment.

      I agree, Mario is a talented writer and musician and I do enjoy reading ‘Pickles and Tarts,’ I would also like to add, you are a talented writer as well. I do enjoy reading your work too, and I’m so glad we crossed paths. I received the notification but lost track of time, I’ve been caught up editing my first manuscript, it’s a huge challenge. 🙂

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      1. You are welcome. Me, a talented writer? Thank you. I am flattered. You are too kind. Wish you the best with your manuscript! I am sure it is very well written. I will add it to my long list of books I want to read. Yesterday I finished a special one I had been longing to read. It is called “Ciutat Princesa” (Princess City), written by Catalan philosopher Marina Garcés. It deals with Barcelona’s evolution after the 1992 Olympic Games, its growing gentrification and problems of inequality. The book connects the city’s recent history with our latest events wordwide, with our global capitalism and, finally, with the democratic involution of Spain especially after the October 1 referendum on Catalonia’s independence ( I am writing these lines a few hours before our voting tomorrow at both municipal and European levels. I hope the results will help us fight against this involution). 🙏🍀

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