Answer The Question!
Doug's gaze was fixed to eye contact.
"Well, I have many. The most pertinent being the most obvious..."
Xaraphid was appalled by this man's ignorance.
"How do you know it is better to be free?"
“Susie?” Softly from behind me.
“Mmm”, I answer absently whilst drinking in the scenery.
“Susie?”, this time though more urgently,
prompting me to turn and encounter you on bended knee;
ring box proffered, gesture of entreaty -
a promise for all eternity.
Adrenaline slaps me back to reality
seeing things with renewed perspicacity
through pupils dilated like eclipsing spheres,
black and inky as bottomless meres.
I do not hear a word you speak,
blood thundering in my ears and staining my cheeks.
Sharp indrawn breath as shock takes hold,
teary eyes drawn to diamond encrusted gold.
A blushing bride is what you choose to see, -
overawed, happy, excited, surprised;
your ardour reflected back at you from my shiny eyes.
A misinterpretation of signals on your part; blind to the turmoil in my heart.
Feelings of horror, dread and constrict.
Tears, not of joy but of pain I’ll inflict.
Your puppy dog eyes gaze and beseech
as I am rendered devoid of all speech.
The brightness of your smile wavers and palls
as my continued silence your rhetoric stalls.
“Just answer the question” is your earnest plea
so my feet do the talking as I turn and flee.
To knead and pummel
For fifty pounds?
Though double the rates
And much, much more than
Unnoticed every night.
There’s no outcry about that, I cry
Silently, as the irony
Swirls around the plug-hole of my thoughts.
And will it be worth
Swiping off your ‘Do not disturb’ mask
To fling these words crushed
like ice into your face?
I’ll answer the question,
Just give me five.