Smiling Behind My Mask

I went to a store today,
gloved and masked,
as is the current custom.

Approaching another customer
I smiled. Behind my mask
A habitual friendly gesture.

Who could see that smile?
And who cares?
And how do I know
if that smile was returned?

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So, what is going to happen now?
Are we all going to stop smiling
to each other?
Because of the masks.

Is this wonderful American trait,
a friendly smile, going to be eaten
by the accursed virus?

Please-please, keep smiling
behind your masks.
Please-please, don’t lose this habit…