Posted September 7, 2020 from Nigeria

I’ve  learnt to smile 

Oh how I love to smile

I’ve learnt to put my hands on my head and smile

Sometimes through tears

And oftentimes I guffaw

At the intricacies of life

At it’s complexities

And the imbalance of it all 

For life has a way 

A windy way sometimes of making you pause 

I smile when I think of 

Friends not so dear

Of families not so near


I’ve learnt to Say

So long 

On windy days

On blistering days

And take out the suitcases, If life calls for it

And not wait around so long

If that’s the path to take

And clear my closets

Of certain clutters 

And some cobwebs 

And still Smile

I’ve learnt to take a walk 

On lonely streets that leads to nowhere

And still find time

To pause and Smile

Even on days when my heart is soaked in tears , shattered 

My soul remains hopeful

Blessings still counted


For always is not forever

Sometimes is not most times 

The things abandoned can be reclaimed 

Those forgotten 

Can still be remembered 

When you say So long!

Leave room always 

For welcome back

Nothing is cast on Iron

Life is so fleeting

So often times hug

Find time to love

Take time to pause 

Welcome back 

Your loved ones 



Even when the loads of life presses its weight on your soul

Leave room for a glimpse 

A mere glimpse of hope 

Find time to smile 

And even laugh 

For what is gone 

May be gotten back 

And as fleeting as life is 

I got you

And you got me 

So exhale and smile 

It’s all about the human connections 

The appreciation of life 

The ululation of the world 

In the face of utter madness, confusions 


In the wake of our daily grind 


Sour days 


Impossible days 


Teary days 

Wear a defiant smile and face the world 

For life is not in the abundance of what you have 

Nor in the complexities of the pains

You go through

Nor the challenges that never ends 

Nor the promises unfulfilled 

Nor the voices of shame

But in our abilities to triumph, win 

and overcome absurdities and pain in all it’s entireties 

Our connections

The warmth of love and the embers of possibilities 

The eyes of hope

And the supplications of courage 


Makes  our life’s connections beautiful 


We brought nothing to this world 

It is most certain 

We’ll take nothing out of it

So find time to love

Find time to give 

Find time to live 

Find time to serve

Put on the whole garb of your dignity 

Allow yourself the freedom of peace

And Smile


This story was submitted in response to From Poetry to Paintings .

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Jill Langhus
Sep 07, 2020
Sep 07, 2020

Hello Anuli,

How are you doing, dear? Thanks for sharing your hopeful and inspiring poem. I hope you have a great week!

Sep 07, 2020
Sep 07, 2020

Hello Jill

I’m doing Ok, thank you. I’m glad you liked it.

Kind Regards


Jill Langhus
Sep 09, 2020
Sep 09, 2020

Good to hear:-) You're welcome.


Sep 07, 2020
Sep 07, 2020

Hi Anuli,
Thank you for this awesome poem. -It's only one life and it would soon be past. Only what's done for Christ would last, really.

Thank you for reminding me about the brevity of life, the import of worrying less, serving more and the need to take life's challenges with a smile.

Keep writing and smiling, Sis.
Love and hugs,
E. J.

Sep 07, 2020
Sep 07, 2020

Hi Andrace,

I’m happy it spoke to you. Indeed it’s only what we do for Christ that can last forever. Every other thing is ephemeral and temporal. Thank you once again, I appreciate



Kamariza Byinshi
Sep 07, 2020
Sep 07, 2020

Salut! merci pour le partage et c'est un poème vivant,le meilleur est devant et non derrière.

Sep 08, 2020
Sep 08, 2020

Merci beaucoup !

Leonida Odongo
Sep 08, 2020
Sep 08, 2020

Dear Anuli,

A lovely poem.Smile and the world smiles back at you.Thank you for reminding us the power of smiling.

Sep 08, 2020
Sep 08, 2020

Thank You Leonida.

Nini Mappo
Sep 08, 2020
Sep 08, 2020

Aaah, a smile for every occasion, how fitting. Thank you for sharing.

Sep 08, 2020
Sep 08, 2020

Sister Nini! I’m glad it spoke to you

Karen Quiñones-Axalan
Sep 08, 2020
Sep 08, 2020

Hello, Anuli,

Reading this poem makes me smile. This speaks about resilience to me that we may fall a number of times, but we can rise up again, shake off unwanted weight, and smile. Thank you for sharing this with us. I wonder how long did it take you to write this lovely reminder?

Sep 08, 2020
Sep 08, 2020

Hello Karen,

I’m glad it spoke to you! It took a while Sis, but I’m glad I was able to share it with Sisters here. Thank You

Karen Quiñones-Axalan
Sep 08, 2020
Sep 08, 2020

Please keep those words coming, dear sister. You definitely have a gift to write. Thanks for using it to encourage, educate, and empower. Keep it up! You're welcome!

Sep 08, 2020
Sep 08, 2020

Thank You , I appreciate

Isaura Diniz
Sep 21, 2020
Sep 21, 2020

what a beautiful poem, there is so much truth in it,
thank you for sharing a piece of you.

Sep 21, 2020
Sep 21, 2020

Thank You Isaura. I’m happy it spoke to you