I wish my frank and open face
Held just one tiny little trace
Of something that approaches guile.
I’d like an enigmatic smile
And heavy-lidded eyes instead
Of just a regulation head.
Margaret Fishback, “Virtue is its Own Reward” from I Feel Better Now. Copyright © 1932 by Margaret Fishback. Reprinted by permission of Anthony Antolini.
Source: I Feel Better Now (E. P. Dutton, 1932)
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