Amanda Salisbury

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Your Sideways Smile

That phrase comes up in much of my writing because it is so meaningful to me. I’m sure you know somebody with a sideways smile.


Your Sideways Smile

  • Originally posted on a 6s community January 12, 2010 at 12:00am

The tell is your sideways smile. Though you have mastered concealing your anger, your fear, your disappointment, you put little effort in hiding your loving secrets, your harmless lies. You heed that biblical proverb that counsels, a soft answer turns away wrath; and, so, people seldom know your thoughts, your base reactions. Yet, I, being keenly aware of that sideways smile, that subtle up-turn at the left corner of your supple lips, greedily read your thoughts like devouring my favorite book, and I alone know your inner secrets. So, until you allow me unrestricted access {which is to say, always}, I drink from the cup of your mind whenever the tell appears. Lucky for me, your sons inherited this natural confession and engrossing feature that I may have some insight to their minds – worlds to which I naturally and rightly have restricted access.

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