By Charles Robert Lindholm

You’re supposed to be brave

You’re not supposed to cry

but I fumbled with my smile each time

I was forced to mumble, Hi!


Sitting in the airport

for a ten day business trip

I can keep the tears from falling

If I bite my upper lip


I was ambushed at the front door

with the truth about her lies

there were no hugs or kisses

when we said our last good-byes


She disguised the clues so cleverly

she didn’t want me to know

and now, no vow could hold her

she’s packing up to go


Overlapping Lovers

I found out way to late

standing in a line

waiting at the gate


I fumbled with my smile, again

offering up my name

as my broken heart reminds me

Life won’t be the same

© 2017 Charles Robert Lindholm – All Rights Reserved

4-1-2017 April Fools Day  6:30 a.m.

Please visit – “Decisions” by Linda Rose of Scatterednotebooks!

This wonderful poem provided the inspiration for my poem here and I owe her a huge Thank You for the line – “fumbling with my smile”!!  This tiny inspirational seed grew into “I Fumbled With My Smile”.  Gold Stars for Linda who has now joined my “Inspirators Gang” (someone who has provided the seed, the spark that spawned a poem from me).

This is yet another example of the benefit of keeping a Word Bank when you run across something that hits you as Great!  I made a deposit in Linda’s account in my Word Bank for “I fumbled with my smile” and Boom, now it has paid dividends!!

Please go and visit Linda/Scatterednotebooks and check out her wonderful works!!


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