Saturday, September 3, 2011

Smile

silent laughter
of wordless tongues
softening sadness
cheer delight

knowing look
thoughts align
spirits soar
gift sublime

welcome home
anywhere
entered through
the front door of a smile

Patricia Spreng



Charlie Chaplin wrote the song, “Smile” in the 1950s.  The video is a tribute to his work in silent movies and his beautiful, sad song recorded by one of my favorites, Nat King Cole.  Today, you will find the wonderful words of poets over at d’Verse Poetry  where the prompt is silent movies.

27 comments:

  1. I like that smile at the front door ..*smiles*

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  2. I like this! I especially like the touch of rhyme in the snappy brevity. Wonderful take on the prompt.

    Beth

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  3. Loved this "entered through
    the front door of a smile"

    You make me smile thanks!

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  4. Such a great message delivered so well. miles of smiles - one of the most beautiful songs ever. a great collaboration

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  5. It is always nice to come home to the front door of a smile. Thank you.

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  6. A lovely Chaplin clip--he had amazing facial expressions and body language, so who needs talking? Your poem which compliments that universality well.

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  7. Modern audiences are often amused by silent films, with their exaggerated gestures and expressions. We forget that the films were made to entertain without the benefit of sound, except, perhaps, for the organ or piano used in many theaters. The exaggerations were designed to communicate the full range of emotions, and they did. Like that "front door of a smile." Good poem.

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  8. Oh, this is lovely. I enjoy picturing that 'silent laughter.'

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  9. entered through the front door of a smile and wordless tongues - love those lines and thanks for including the great tribute video - what a beautiful song and I couldn't help but smile through the entire thing :)

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  10. And what a beautiful song it is, too. A very talented man.

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  11. Perfect. I bet this is just what Chaplin had in mind when he wrote the song.

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  12. anywhere entered through the front door of a smile...ha...love that line...very cool song too...nicely played...

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  13. I do love that song, and you did a wonderful job of paying homage to the silent film art form :)

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  14. I especially enjoyed the first stanza

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  15. Very, very nice, Patricia! The song was a kool added touch. I kinda did the same thing adding a song, so maybe we can say the genious think alike thing. Anyway, loved this much!!!!!!

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  16. 'Tis said that most of the important human communication is done without words, through the nonverbal gestures. We miss 95 percent of the humanly sayable in forums like this, using only our words. So to have words lift the llid back on that grander, wider world -- with a smile -- is a treat indeed. Thanks. - Brendan

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  17. Bravo! You guys are doing so well with this prompt! yet another wonderful and unique share. I truly enjoyed and appreciated this this morning, and am leaving smiling! :)

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  18. These lines are particularly smile-inducing:

    welcome home
    anywhere
    entered through
    the front door of a smile


    Nicely done!

    David

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  19. When you smile, the world smiles with you. Loved your poem and YES, I am smiling!
    p.s. Your poetry has a softness in it I admire.

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  20. some times it hard to smile. but when i read this poem ... its easy.

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  21. i love you mom and yes

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