That tone –
teeth clenched
lips taut
the coldness
in your gaze

I swallow
foot to foot

raise of hand
fist clenched
in ball of rage

in ominous wait

but you pause
step back
mouth relaxing
into a grin

with a twinkle
you might have
done the same.

(Written for All The Shoes I Wear, whose prompt is ominous.

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Permission to write, paint, and imagine are the gifts I gave myself when chronic illness hit - a fair exchange: being for doing. Relevance is an attitude. Humour essential.

15 thoughts on “Discipline

      1. Interesting! Did you work on different endings as part of revision when you wrote the poem, or did you go back to the poem after some time had passed and change the ending because it no longer seemed right?

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