Keep a smile
that has a center.
Keep it close,
then closer still.
This is not an exercise.
This is not a drill.

Let your eyes see
orange and shadows,
the patterns that
your pulses make.
You can’t control
the notes that enter.
You’ll just report
the space they take.

Allow the air
to set your collar.
And let the cadence
shift and shape.
You can’t begin
at some false ending.
You can’t begin
to know your fate.

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  • evon ski
    evon skiabout 1 year ago

    sheesh. I better get a pencil and write this down. :))) sounds like important secret information. x
    He hee really like it!!

  • Ha! xx

    – Cynthia Lund Torroll

  • F.A. Moore
    F.A. Mooreabout 1 year ago

    “Allow the air
    to set your collar.
    And let the cadence
    shift and shape.
    You can’t begin
    at some false ending
    You can’t begin
    to know your fate.”— Cynthia Lund Torroll

    Beautiful cadence and surprising ending. :)

  • You are so, so kind Frannie ~ thank you muchly.

    – Cynthia Lund Torroll

  • sandra .
    sandra .about 1 year ago

    “Keep a smile
    that has a center”
    .Adore those two lines in particular.
    A fine write Cynthia
    Sandra x

  • Dearest Sandra ~ I’m touched by your note. Merci, merci, me x

    – Cynthia Lund Torroll

  • JaneRoberts
    JaneRobertsabout 1 year ago

    I agree with yvonca! Like it very much too. xx

  • THANK YOU kindly mizz Jane! xx

    – Cynthia Lund Torroll

  • SteveD49
    SteveD49about 1 year ago

    I love the mystique of this piece Cyn. I love that you’re such an intelligent thinker like a certain dude I know ;-)

  • Always a pleasure to have a Stevie Mark on my page. Merci kind sir…

    – Cynthia Lund Torroll

  • TheWanderingBoo
    TheWanderingBooabout 1 year ago

    great write

  • THANK YOU as always dear TWB!

    – Cynthia Lund Torroll

  • alleyclown
    alleyclownabout 1 year ago

    I am smiling, see? Wonderful, like stepping into an Edward Hopper painting where the weather better suits my clothes.

  • Ahh…
    so nice to know
    and what a poem of a note you leave behind.
    THANK YOU ac…

    – Cynthia Lund Torroll

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