She greets me – a flash of her counterfeit grin: Expression without any feeling within. The motion excessive, the timing all wrong; Eyes betray thought where no care can belong.
Her whitened enamel and ruby-red lips Embody the throwaway gesture that quips: ‘Mind how you go... and have a nice day!’ – Meaningless, unless you mean what you say.
I’d rather she’d blanked me and spared me the mime, Her phoney façade only wasting my time. I’d sooner she’d scowled and said, ‘Fuck off and die!’ Since nothing insults like a half-hearted lie.
I look back and spy the act time and again As she hails everyone in this mock-cheerful vein. With mouth corners locked and her jaw clenched in place, That synthetic smile must be straining her face.
What happened to genuine, affable folk? Did warmth and sincerity go up in smoke? Are faux plastic humanoids all we have left? A twenty-first century character theft...
Just airheads and arseholes and company men, And customer ‘service’ automatons, then, Who follow a script in cupidity’s thrall, With no time for human relations at all.
A smile: it costs nothing, but gives much, they say, While fraudulent friendliness just takes away. With each interaction increasingly fake, Sit back and watch our society break.
Rhymes Against Humanity
The poem Synthetic Smile features in Modern Madness: Rhymes Against Humanity, the debut poetry book by Ross Adamson.
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