A Baby’s Smile

A Baby’s Smile

(An Octogram)

Skylah  Smiling
What loveliness shines brighter than
A baby’s smile?
I know that I’m a fervent fan.
It’s so worthwhile
To see a smile light up a face,
A cure for blues most any place.
What marks a happy juvenile?
A baby’s smile!

The gloom of life was overran.
It did beguile
Just when that fetching look began.
I watched awhile,
Captured by that infectious grin
That filled her face from nose to chin.
It pulled my heart strings by a mile —
A baby’s smile.


Author Notes
After writing several somber poems, I thought I’d lighten things up with a more upbeat poem. What better way than with one having a smiling baby girl. This one is my granddaughter Skylah Brooke. I loved this shot with the smile and tiger print. Hope you enjoy it as well.

This poem is an Octogram, one of my favorite formats. I’ve written quite a few.
The Octogram is a style of poetry invented by Fanstorian Sally Yocom (S.Yocom). It consists of two stanzas of eight lines each, with a very specific syllable count and rhyme scheme.

Syllable count is: 84848884, repeat on second stanza.

Rhyme scheme: aBabccbB ababddbB, where B repeats same text repeated.

No more than 16 lines.

This picture was taken by my daughter, Aisha on her cell phone. Many thanks for its use here.

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