Face Value

I read faces –
each line and pull of muscle
signifies what lies beneath
the cool exterior of skin

The mind reels –
catapults emotions
into fields of the enemy
as incendiary fallout

Eyes are windows –
the depths we swim in
reflect on glassy surfaces
as reminders of inadequacy

Ears on either side –
my head wishes equilibrium
when my heart pushes
towards one side or another

I wish for balance –
a finite acknowledgement
of all I cannot control
all I may never hold

~ Nikki Anne Schmutz


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