Acuity

“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.
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10 Comments on “Acuity

  1. This is so beautifully expressed, Joanne. The rhyming is pitch-perfect. And great job weaving the Escher prompt into it without being jarring.

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  2. 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!

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  3. I love this, Joanne! Beautifully composed – and I love that you used obfuscate. Such a great word! 🙂

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