. An Unexpected Smile inspired by the coronation of King Charles III Today I woke before the sun had spread Her golden grin across the Texas skies. With childlike zest and joy I leapt from bed To cram my Kentish heart and flood my eyes With coronation scenes from streets I know--- Grand streets that speak of days I won’t forget. My TV shone with history’s stately glow Of pageantry and throngs of people set To celebrate with zeal. I watched with pride In spite of my dislike of Charles’s creed. I cannot cast my heritage aside--- It surges through the British blood I bleed. My buoyant heart took flight. I felt it sing. This moment was far bigger than a king. . . Susan Jarvis Bryant has poetry published on Lighten Up Online, Snakeskin, Light, Sparks of Calliope, and Expansive Poetry Online. She also has poetry published in TRINACRIA, Beth Houston’s Extreme Formal Poems anthology, and in Openings (anthologies of poems by Open University Poets in the UK). Susan is the winner of the 2020 International SCP Poetry Competition, and has been nominated for the 2022 Pushcart Prize.