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Friday’s Aftertaste

by Anastasia Bernikova

When I see these surreal smiley faces, I wonder how they maintain

This feeling of purity

Every day

Don’t they ever have a Friday

That leaves this merciless aftertaste

Of a cheap cigarette butt

Making them question themselves

Will it always be like this?


Somehow, they manage to stay focused

Accomplishing their tasks..

Functioning normally

Having normal thoughts

If it’s possible at all

To not have the twisted ones


Somehow, they do enjoy

Good old entertainment

And every weekend they recharge again

To start a tiny new life afresh

And chat away throughout all its course.


One’s got to possess this one gene

That will let them remain positive

Weekly starting a new life afresh,

Maintaining the cheerful purity.