Fake Smiles

Phil's Garden Skeleton

Behind each smile there lies a motive

why those teeth are showing;

Some like Scarecrow Jake don’t have much choice

Their smiles are always showing;

But the ones that irritate me most

are those pasted on fake smiles glowing.

Shown at parties by every host

All the while they’re knowing…

they have to pretend to welcome you

with their big fake smile showing.

Oh, do come in,” they say

with smiles from ear to ear.

Then they talk when you can’t hear

…after you walk away.

For me, I like them genuine

A smile that is believable;

One you can trust every time

and they never will deceive you.


Photo: Phil Roth

Today at d’Verse, Lisa asked us to write a poem about a human trait that irritates us. I chose a fake smile. Join us at: https://dversepoets.com

74 thoughts on “Fake Smiles

  1. Sometimes I think people wear frozen smiles as armor, but the eyes tell the story. When I think of those kinds of smiles I think of politicians and used car salesmen, both trying to sell junk as gold. Good poem, Dwight.

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  2. Oh, my! 😮 Feed some food to that guy! 😀 Glad he is protecting himself from the sun with that snazzy hat! 😉
    I like the same kind of smiles you do, Dwight! 🙂 A poem that is so true and so relatable!
    I think if the mouth-smile is genuine…we will see it in the eyes and in the voice! 🙂
    (((HUGS))) 🙂

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  3. Oh, Dwight, we all know it when we see them, and that makes me for one all the more awkward and UN-glib, the small talk stuck in my craw choking me. Okay, it’s not that bad, except car salesmen! Creepy.

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