You gave me your smile

You gave me your smile, it had no design.
Alegria is natural to you, I lost mine years ago
When I was a child I too was care-free
I was taught to be afraid of what might be
And so my smile became a message to be sent
Laden with intent to provoke a reply
Not given freely like yours

You look at me with eyes that have no guilt
Curiosidade is natural to you, mine has purpose.
When I was young I was taught not to stare
I had to hide my instincts and pretend not to care
My life became a list of things to do be done
If I were to succeed in being a man
Not enough to just be born

You talk to me about things that make us laugh
Ridiculo is a blessing in you, mine is a weapon.
I learned that laughter made people small
It became a joke to tell and sometimes not at all
Serious people do not often play
For fun is just for children and folk who do not care
Not for me, I didn’t dare

You are free to be who you will
Vida for you is how you are , mine is a plan.
The here and now for me have long since gone
Replaced with tasks and prizes to be won
All to gather things around me
For a life built to secure a future happiness
That is more than yours, or less?

I smile at you as if I had no pain
I wish that I could be young again
I wish that I could be just like you
And walk together through and through
For life is brief and not to be wasted
It should be lived today, not kept in store
Until there is no more


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