“He taught me how to read people’s eyes.”
To know it’s never as it seems; it’s grey.
He told me, too, to hear beyond the words
of those who chose to obfuscate; betray.
He showed me when to peer beyond their veils
To delve ‘how’ water flows upstream and ‘why’.
He whispered softly, but I listened well,
My senses taut, I know now: It’s disguise.
He taught to strip illusions to their core,
My eyes have (sadly) seen the truth – and more.
Written for the speakeasy at Yeah Write. This week’s sentence prompt line: “He taught me how to read people’s eyes;” a provided by last week’s winner, Karen, must be used as the FIRST line in your piece. And the art prompt, which you will find below, is Waterfall, a lithograph by the master of impossible constructions, M.C. Escher.
Thank you, Meg. It’s all about the illusion. Thanks for your comment.
This is so beautifully expressed, Joanne. The rhyming is pitch-perfect. And great job weaving the Escher prompt into it without being jarring.
The rhythm in this poem is resounding. The slower pace at the beginning of each line and the double time at the end. Very well composed!
Thank you! I’m pleased that you noticed the intended difference, and I appreciate your comment.
I love this, Joanne! Beautifully composed – and I love that you used obfuscate. Such a great word! 🙂
Thanks…it may be the first time I ever used it! I enjoyed taking advantage of the opportunity to do so. Thanks, Suzanne.
This is awesome. ♥ Love the last line best…it really says it all!
Thank you – I played with it a bit before settling on the final version. I appreciate your comment.
Beautifully expressed! I really like this one… can’t pick a favorite phrase because they all string so well together.
Thanks, Janna. It pales by comparison to yours. Your comments are very much appreciated – they come from a wonderful writer.