| study of heads by Antoine Watteau (1684-1721)|
via Wiki Commons
Read her forehead to be forewarned. Easy!
She can only keep secrets from herself.
Don’t ruin her surprise—When she knows what
she feels, she’ll let you know, and how! Queasy?
Breathe through the fear until you reach delight.
She’s a provocateur; she can’t help it.
She stirs the pot but tastes every bit
of the soup herself searching for insight.
And then, wild horses couldn’t keep her
from spilling the beans—no censure can stop
her but-But-BUT questions through quivering lips,
childlike eagerness and naked pleasure.
Fault her for being American boldbut not for transparent truth uncontrolled.
Written for my own prompt
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