The Mexican Smile


Buenos dias! Buenas tardes!

Like an opening in the forest

A clearing filtering light

A window to beyond

Invitation to pause

A moment of connection,

The passing traveler’s smile surprises with its intimacy

Of an offer of friendliness

A gift in the giving that recognizes

A moment of “I – Thou.”

Slow down and stop to let that someone cross your path.

Reward - a smile of thanks that’s brighter than your lights

A face lit with greeting

From an open heart and generous spirit.

For in spite of cares and needs

The Mexican can always spare a smile,

This simple gift with no value placed on it.

Take it for granted if you will

We who have so much to burden us

But were it not so freely offered

Then would our world be so much less.

Buenas noches! Adios!

And a smile.

—By Gabrielle Blair—

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