I smiled today.
I smiled because in a complex society
I can smile because of the simplicity I see in life.
Today, I saw a little girl wearing a crisp white bow
neatly tied around her afro-puffs.
I saw a little boy wearing Converse tennis shoes
and white socks with blue stripes.
I smiled because he was wearing shoes I recognized.
I smiled today when I saw a family of four
on their way into the house of worship together
instead of staying home to watch Netflix separately.
I smiled after seeing an elderly couple who could barely walk
holding hands like they’re holding onto to dear life.
I saw a stranger helping someone across the street and smiled.
I smiled after hearing a young girl answer “yes ma’am”
when I asked her if she’s Annie Lee’s daughter.
I smiled because rarely you hear those words today
and respect came easy during times when respect is not easily found.
I smiled today after remembering the days when life was simple,
and like others, I desired a little more complexity because
I knew there was more to life.
Today I smiled because I now realize
it was not the complexity I needed,
I needed to appreciate simplicity
in an already complex life.