In every woman a smile can be found beneath the tears. In every sanctuary there’s a stillness. In every stillness there’s a faint whisper. In the whisper warmth can be felt. In that warmth there’s safety to be found. In safety there’s a new beginning to be captured. In the new beginning gratitude is laid bare. In the gratitude loneliness will make its presence known. Within the loneliness there are many unspoken questions. In every unspoken question there will be an answer. In the answer there will be tears—ones not yet heavy enough to conceal her smile.

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Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
2 months ago

Wow! Very deep. I love how you connect tears and smiles. I admire those strong women who still manage to smile beneath their tears. So poignant. Well done.

Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
Reply to  Melissa Taggart
1 month ago

You’re welcome, Melissa. I am glad you are having a home now.

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Preston Randall
Preston Randall(@preston-randall)
2 months ago

I really love this, Melissa. The rhythmic flow of words adds so much power to the meaning behind each phrase. Wonderful writing.

Margarida Brei
Margarida Brei(@margarida-brei)
2 months ago

Melissa, I naturally agree with both Preston’s and Lotchie’s comments. Love the simple use of “In every…” and the questioning quality of “every woman’s smile.”

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Christer Norrlof
Christer Norrlof(@christer-norrlof)
1 month ago

I remember a similar story by you, Melissa, built with the same structure, zooming into what lies hidden in each thing like in the bellies of Russian dolls. Just like in your other story, there is a lot of food for thought in this one. It takes the reader out of the regular thinking box and makes him discover unknown realities, hidden inside. Very well done!

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Thompson Emate
Thompson Emate(@thompson-emate)
Reply to  Christer Norrlof
1 month ago

Wow! Christer, I like that you can still connect with past stories. That’s a good one.

Thompson Emate
Thompson Emate(@thompson-emate)
1 month ago

I love this Melissa. It’s poetic with a deep meaning. It’s coming from somewhere in the deep. Well done.

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