Amazing Kids! Magazine

The Smile

By Justin Leonard, Age 14, Washington


The day of birth
Every year
With gifts,
Brilliantly wrapped
With paper like gold,
Topped with red ribbons.

As the gift is opened.
Like a cat,
The child claws at the gift
Once so perfectly wrapped.
No longer.

A smile
Spreading across the child’s face,
Like flames
Licking up the wood of a fire
As the gift
Is unwrapped.

All eyes
Focus on the duo;
The child and the gift.
Bliss is evident
On the child’s face.

It was worth it:
The gift,
The wrapping paper.
But worth the smile.