The Hypocrite

Words unspoken
sound loudest for those who hear
with the inward ear.

A smile unbroken
by kindness is known
to maim, wound and kill.

For those who feel,
it’s a cut to the bone.
When one smiles in silence,

it is sharp, polished steel,
or perfect benevolence
carved in stone.

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  • Jeffrey Smith

    I rarely have a good word for contemporary poetry. However, if this is another one of yours, you really should keep it up. You’re quite good at it.

  • Fr. Dwight Longenecker

    THanks. Flattery will get you everywhere!

  • Jeffrey Smith

    I don’t flatter, I just tell the truth.

  • Fr. Dwight Longenecker

    I know. I was kidding. Thanks for the compliment.

  • J.

    I don’t get it.

  • Fr. Dwight Longenecker

    the poem’s all about nice people who smile nicely while they stab you in the back.