Poetry by Jeff Green


I smile for …

by cricketjeff on June 30, 2008.  © Jeff Green, All rights reserved

A metaphor that changes how I see
A friendly act that shows that love’s alive
Success for those who really have to strive
Or just a line of perfect poetry

A word that shows the world a diff’rent side
Each man who’d miss his bus to help a child
Birds eating from your hand although they’re wild
Success at something new a friend has tried

I’d like to live my life behind a smile
I want to make the world a kinder place
To see each man display a happy face
So I can be contented for a while

A smiling face can blow the clouds away
So smile at everyone you meet today

Author notes

A “Variant English (or Shakespearian) sonnet” sometimes called a Canadian sonnet. Less common than rhyming abab cdcd efef gg the abba cddc effe gg pattern was also originated by Wyatt and Surry who first brought the Sonnet to England from Italy but who found that abbaabba cdcdcd rhyming did not work well in Early modern English.