Implications of a Wink

A wink?
Seriously?

Am I meant to smile
in conspiratorial culpability,

was that a Colgate
bright teeth,
complete with chime
wink, or…

a big bad wolf,
I’m coming to get you
later wink, or…

hand-in-cookie-jar,
you didn’t see this –

in which case,
I wink.

(Written for dVerse‘s quadrille night – a poem in 44 words – with the prompt, wink; and for Ragtag Community’s, chime.)

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40 comments

  1. I love your deconstruction of the significance of the wink, V.J.! You’ve hit beautifully on the complexity of a small gesture that could either be totally innocuous or filled with subtext.

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  2. Lovely introspection; puts me in mind of that Shirley Temple movie, WEE WINNIE WINKLE from the 30’s. My grandfather was a joker, and he loved to wink.

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