“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.

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.


  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!


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


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