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The Made to Order Smile
- WHEN a woman looks up at you with a twist about her eyes,
- And her brows are half uplifted in a nicely feigned surprise
- As you breathe some pretty sentence, though she hates you all the while,
- She is very apt to stun you with a made to order smile.
- It's a sublte combination of a sneer and a caress,
- With a dash of warmth thrown in to relieve its iciness,
- And she greets you when she meets you with that look as if a file
- Had been used to fix and fashion out the made to order smile.
- I confess that I'm eccentric and am not a woman's man,
- For they seem to be constructed on the bunko fakir plan,
- And it somehow sets me thinking that her heart is full of guile
- When a woman looks up at me with a made to order smile.
- Now, all maidens, young and aged, hear the lesson I would teach:
- Ye who meet us in the ballroom, ye who meet us at the beach,
- Pray consent to try and charm us by some other sort of wile
- And relieve us from the burden of that made to order smile.
- Paul Laurence Dunbar
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