that when he smiles he can’t lose
his little life, a given gift,
and when he smiles, he will include
folks on the right and on his left
as if we’re all relying on
a simple little theory that
angel, ape, enlightened man
without a smile’s a dot, a mote.
Around the dinner table, he’s
holding gaze; attention of
his friends, his mates and yes, he knows
the great effect a smile can have;
suggesting ‘there is joy and peace’
with mouth and eyes for people in a race.