With a Smile


I never felt
how broken
I was


I saw
your footprints
leaving me
in agony
in hurt
in pain

And in longing

Until then

You remain
my beautiful


And if
you find
your way

I will be right
where you left me

In the shadow of
my life
with every
word I write


Up and until then

I will love you
in the silence
of my heart

In every breath
I take
every word
I write

Until then I will wait, with love, with admiration, and with a smile.


In response to the challenge “What do you see” by Sadjie
What do you see # 20- March 9, 2020
I read somewhere that if you leave someone at least tell them why, because what’s more painful than being abandoned; is knowing your not worth an explanation.

Whatever the situation of leaving maybe a little word of why will do great things to somebody behind. Ever wonder why “last will and testament” became very popular? Well, maybe its another way of preparing for and in time of them leaving unannounced. “Living will” is also becoming popular too especially for those with existing chronic disease. These are a list of things they want, should they become so ill that they are not capable of deciding for themselves.

Most often than not separation causes anxiety, heartaches, and pain; but if there is only one consolation the involved parties would have, it is the fact that they know why. So it is important to explain and make them understand.

Young people get themselves in a relationship and just leave without saying a word in the event they feel the need to getaway. Is this good? Maybe yes, maybe not. But this may not be a good sign of growing up and of becoming an adult. It will become a habit. A habit these young kids will bring as they become adults: leaving unannounced, unnoticed.

As far as we all are concern, every person we meet, every circumstance we experience will leave a lasting impression in our hearts and minds, a memory we will always cherish and remember. So at least leave the best memory behind and create a wonderful legacy, so that when you are gone, you will be remembered as one the best things.
You will be remembered with a SMILE😊😊😊 and with love ❀❀❀ and admiration.

One word becomes one great statement and one great statement becomes someone else’s beautiful memory of you.

Believe in the power of words.

Published by michnavs

Philippine-born Michelle Navajas, currently residing in Malaysia. Michelle authored the book β€œAfter – Rain Skies: A Million Stars” for PWW during their Million Stars campaign. Graduated with a Master of Education majoring in English in the Philippines, Michelle was a former college professor, teaching literature, speech & oral communication, creative writing, drama, and theatre arts. Michelle is active in her writing profession and works as a freelance creative writer. Michelle passionately blogs at www.michnavs.wordpress.com, where you can find her prose and poetry on love, life, motherhood, and her advocacy on abuse and violence. A published author on Spillwords NYC https://spillwords.com/what-if-snowflakes-dont-fall-in-winter/ Her poem β€œAgain” is published on three platforms, on MEDIUM -an International Writers and Readers Space, AFRICA WRITERS CARAVAN, and at WOMAWORDS LITERARY PRESS. kindly go check the following links –https://womawordsliterarypress.home.blog/2020/06/29/imagining-life-after-the-ravaging-virulent-covid-19-pandemic-a-special-journal/ –https://personalitiesofinspiration.wordpress.com/2020/06/29/imagining-life-after-covid-19-a-womawords-june-edition/

42 thoughts on “With a Smile

  1. communication is key … if they are leaving because of something we’ve said or done then we need to know that! How else can we change …

    lovely poem and words … I have a current living will and last will and testament. My instructions include passwords for gmail and WP so that people can be told of my demise .. things need to be finished properly πŸ™‚ PS done this since my teens so not planning on going anywhere soon πŸ™‚

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      1. I think it’s important … I have an elderly friend who must have died but there was no notification as her family didn’t know me …


  2. Words are so important!! And they have so much power. People don’t realize this (or ignore this truth) and are careless with what they say and often with what they don’t say. I always try to think: if I died today, what would my last words be to the people around me, especially my family? Is that how I want them to remember our last interaction? Thank you for writing this!


    1. Thank you Irma for adding your voice here. It is indeed necessary to finally come into terms with the idea of leaving and going in whatever forms and yes like what you said it is mandatory to remind ourselves of this.

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  3. Such powerful and poignant messages, Mich! And from your beautiful heart!
    I agree with what you’ve said, 100%! Thank you for writing and sharing this post.
    I was just talking to a friend yesterday about how young adults these days tell me they “ghost” people, or get “ghosted” by people (the practice of ending a personal relationship with someone by suddenly and without explanation withdrawing from all communication). I find this very sad. 😦


    1. So true Carolyn. And this is really sad. You do not walk away without saying a word. At least be matured enough to explain. “Ghosting” has become a trend lately among young people and it is alarming because they will become the future adults who become future parents, leaders; what kind of parents and leaders will they become if at this point in their livea they cannot even be responsible enough to a least say goodbye.

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  4. Some people do leave unceremoniously without saying good bye or without a word of explanation. This hurts most.
    Anyways beautiful poem and illustrations.


  5. “Until then

    You remain
    my beautiful
    ^LOVE this.

    Also, I agree with your afterword, if possible, always give the other person an explanation as to why you’re leaving them. It’ll hurt regardless, but at least it’ll be a little easier to find closure for both parties.


      1. As someone who has actually been ghosted by a guy in the past, I can personally agree that it hurts a little more when you don’t even know why, but we can only control our own actions at the end of the day. I hope more and more people embrace open communication πŸ™‚


  6. Communication along with observation. Those with memory robbing disease who tried to make their last words known – and weren’t heard, because the other person always thought there would be another tomorrow.

    I put off going through old photos with my MIL, until it was too late. When I started asking questions she basically said; “I can’t do this anymore… the memories are too painful…” At that point she was in her late 80’s early 90’s.

    Just a reminder that in order to know ones last wishes one needs to say (or write) them as well as be prepared to listen to others.


  7. i have had such a busy few days and now reading your posts with much joy and peace coming over me. this is a beautiful poem, an ode to words, poetry and how we cannot live without them. I love the gentleness of your heart dear poet and friend, I am blessed from the day I know you, your wisdom illuminates our broken world.


    1. Thank you Gina for putting a smile on my face …i am so blessed to have met writers like you here in WP and was even more blessed to talk and share to you in person stories we love to share .

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