Facing Punctuation

Day 1 prompt: something about you

As your mouth crowds

Toward your right ear

One deep dimple pools

Into a period

      Maybe end of discussion

     More likely a brief stop

     Before more action

You skew and accordion fold

Your forehead

Into an apostrophe

One brow raised

The other pushed low

       Conveying words omitted

Straight quotation marks

Hold permanent residence

At the bridge of your nose

Their depth tailored to

The height of your emotion

     Emphasizing your intentions

     Like air quotes

The bracket of your mouth


When you’re playing it straight


When dimples pop in at either end


     Your life’s story

Commas turned sideways

Dance toward your temples

Moved by the smile in your eyes

     Sweet pauses

     In your animation

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