The gift of a smile

Beneath the ever smirking moon and sparkling stars,

I caught  a few smirking fireflies in my hands, making them ours, 

Placed them atop on the plants that I grew in line,

To illuminate our spirit and make us shine.


Every day when the moon lingers behind,

 And the Sun sparkles brightly upon us and shine,

The plants start dancing and reply,

To  the whispers of smirking fireflies.


The magical, enchanting sightof exchange of smiles;

Amongst the three of them,so bright;

Makes the air colourful and light,

That enlightens me to exchange the gift of a smile.


Soothingly, it cleanses throbbing pains

Intricately, it crafted, devoid of faults or chains

Tenderly, it spreads like homemade  butter

Melts the burning hearts of each other


They say hormones it releases, cortisol, and endorphins

Health benefits it provides many

Blood pressure and pain reduces

Calmness and endurance it increases


 The iridescent hues in the air,

Start a day with a contagious smile,

For life’s a cloning image when we smile,

Smile comes back to embrace us, I guarantee

As the smile is a key that fits the heart’s lock of everybody!

Pooja Mandla


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Written by Pooja Mandla

ย Pooja is an educator by profession but a word weaver by passion. She has a BSc in Medical, an M.Phil. in English literature and, a B.Ed. degree from Punjab(Chandigarh) University.

She loves to read, write, draw and travel. She finds inspiration from nature and the surrounding people. She is passionate about writing poems and is a regular contributor to several online platforms, where she has won many prizes.ย 

Her poems have been published inย  11 anthologies so far by the various Publishing house and, a few are in process.ย  Two of her poems have recently been selected for two different anthologies by an International press called Sweetycatpress. Her poems have also been published in International magazines like Literoma and Innsaei Journals.

She has recently been awarded with the award of appreciation for the ANNUAL WORDSMITH AWARD 2021 by ASIAN LITERARY SOCIETY.

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