You can see me very clearly

    As you look at someone’s face

But you never see me clearly

    When that someone’s in disgrace.

 

The eyes light up, the lips stretch

    Out whenever you feel glad.

Everybody carries one,

    But never in their bag.

 

I come out every evening,

    But you’ll never see me dine -

At night no-one reminds me

    But I am always there on time;

 

In the daytime I’ll be missing,

    But not stolen by a thief –

But on cloudy nights your view of me

    May be only very brief.  

 

I can tell you now I never was,

    But to you I’ll always be –

No-one ever saw me –

    But perhaps may later see.

 

People always use my name

    When they speak of future hopes

But throw me off unkindly

    If they feel they cannot cope.  

 

 

Answers:

A smile; a star or it could be the moon, and tomorrow.

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