The most fun activity in which you don’t smile by Bogdan Dragos

A young woman with long, brown hair in a summer dress and hat standing on a path in the woods smiling and looking down at a gray stroller
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she’s got this big


that I don’t

even know the name of

and walks

it around in a

baby stroller

“It needs the sun,” she

says. “And it

needs me as her mother.”

When she’s not at her

dish-washing job

at the two-star restaurant

she’s scouting

the local park,

looking for trees with bird nests

to steal the eggs

or even better,

the chicks

and feed them to the

big lizard

Not exactly the crime

to send one

behind the bars

but she did

get in

some trouble for it

“I never liked the scent

of peeling scales,”

she said, “until I

smelt it on her belly,

between her hind legs.

If you haven’t

seen angels


you are invited to look

upon her

beauty. Please only

look, don’t touch.”

“Yeah,” I said, “she’s pretty

nice. What’s

her name?”

But instead of answering

she said,

“What’s the most fun

activity in

which you don’t smile?”

I shrugged. “I can’t imagine

a fun activity in

which you don’t smile.”

“Then you don’t

love yourself,” she said

“Well, I don’t usually

think about



she said

And I said, “Okay.”

“Self love is the key

to happiness.”

“Um, okay.”

“I can see you’re not very good

at it.”

“Okay. I mean, yeah, you’re


“Why do you hate yourself

more than

you love yourself?”

“I don’t know. Why do you

parade a lizard in

a baby stroller around


She smiled. “Because the

lizard is

blind. She has never seen

itself in a mirror

so I make sure

to tell her how beautiful

she is at least twelve

times a day.

Because I love myself first. And

that gives me

the godlike ability to

love others.

Something you don’t

seem to possess.”

“Shit,” I said, “Okay.”

“Stop making use of

ugly words in

your speech.”

“Oh, sorry.”

“Don’t be sorry.”

“Shit, okay. Sorry. I mean… Okay,

I’ll stop.”

“You’re so lost.”

“Now that I can’t

argue with.”

“What do you do in order to find


“I don’t know. I…

I write stuff. I guess…”

“Do you hurt people?”

“Not intentionally. But

there are people who claim

I’ve hurt them. Mostly through

what I’ve


“Will you write about


“I don’t know.”

“You will.”

“I don’t know.”

“Would you like me to hug


“You don’t have to.

I’m good, thanks.”

“Alright. Well, can you promise

me one thing


“What is it?”

“When you write about me–”

“I don’t know if I’ll

ever do that.”

“Yeah, but if you do… Can you

promise me one

thing? Promise me that

you’ll put the

following words

in quotation marks

next to my name… Promise me

that you’ll say

that I’ve said


people who are good at comforting

others are the people

who’ve been hurt the most

in their past. Okay?”


“Good. I’m glad. Do you want to

feel my dragon’s tongue

against your face

or eyeball? It’s divine, I’m tellin’


“No thanks, I’m good.”

“Oh, I see. Well, one day

surely you’ll

know how to love yourself. I’m


“I hope you’re right,” I said.

“Until then

keep writing, okay?”

“Now that I can

totally do,” I said. “It’s a


“Don’t let me down,” she said.

“And yourself. Don’t let

any of us down, okay?”


I gotta admit,

she was the best muse

I’ve worked with

in a long while


Bogdan Dragos supervises casinos for a gambling company, working twelve-hour shifts locked in a dark office full of TV monitors. There he mostly daydreams and writes poems and stories. He also manages a poetry blog Daydreaming as a profession.

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23 Comments Add yours

  1. Bizarre and fantastic ! I expect nothing less from you. I knew a priest who used to present someone new to me like this, “I want you to meet so and so; he’s suffered a lot… now he has compassion.”

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    1. ʕ๑→ᴥ←๑ʔ Thank you!

      Indeed, it’s the people who suffered the most that are best at understanding and even healing others 🙂

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      1. I totally agree:):) and they make wonderful friends:)

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  2. Terveen Gill says:

    Bogdan’s muse is as creative as creative can be. A woman, her lizard, and a baby carriage. What else could someone need? I like the persistence and insistence of the muse – write no matter what – write because you need to – write because that’s what you do. I think I’ll take a walk in the park and see if I can find something wonderfully similar.
    Congratulations Bogdan!

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    1. Thank you, Terveen! (˃́ᗜ˂̀๑)

      Indeed, the muse can visit us at any time and in any place if we but open ourselves to it. Thus, inspiration can literally be found in anything. A plastic bag carried by the wind, a weed that grows through cracks in concrete, a liquid stain that kinda looks like a fantasy map, an overheard dialogue, and so on :))

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  3. That was better than okay. Okay?

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    1. Perfectly okay, my friend!

      ( ͡°⁄ ⁄ ͜⁄ ⁄ʖ⁄ ⁄ ͡°)

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  4. jonicaggiano says:

    Wild Dragos, you sure meet the strangest people. haha I can’t imagine running into someone like this but if I did I am sure I would want to write about it too. Sending you great big hugs, Great piece!

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    1. (〃 ̄ω ̄〃) Thank you!

      It’s important to know that there’s ALWAYS something to learn from literally anyone we cross paths with in this life.
      As I’ve seen so far, life seems to punish (in various ways) those who delude themselves by thinking they’ve seen it all and know it all. Always be open to the unknown, for the rewards are definitely worth it!
      -(๑☆‿ ☆# )ᕗ

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  5. gwengrant says:

    His hasty ‘I’m good, thanks,’ to the two dubious (to say the least) invitations made me laugh. Sadly, wasted love for her, though.

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    1. (✿ノ◕ヮ◕)ノ⋆*✲ Something tells me she kinda expected that answer…

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      1. Jane Aguiar says:

        That quote is wonderful, Bogdan 😍

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        1. Thank you ฅ•ω•ฅ

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        2. Jane Aguiar says:



  6. Cassa Bassa says:

    A very special muse.

    Liked by 2 people

    1. They all are (˵╹⌣╹˵)


  7. Harshi says:


    Liked by 2 people

    1. ٩( ^ᴗ^ )۶ Thank you!

      Liked by 1 person

  8. michnavs says:

    What an exquisite piece❤️

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Thanks for giving it a read! ( ๑>ᴗ<๑ )

      Liked by 1 person

  9. byngnigel says:

    This was engaging from first sentence to the last. I love your muse..still terrified of bearded dragons…but love your muse. Quality Stuff mate.

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    1. ( ━☞´ ◔‿ゝ◔`)━☞ Owww, so it’s “Bearded Dragon” what those lizards are called :))) Thank you!

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