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?"
â€œSusie?â€ Softly from behind me.
â€œMmmâ€, I answer absently whilst drinking in the scenery.
â€œSusie?â€, 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 Iâ€™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.
â€œJust answer the questionâ€ 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.
Thereâ€™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 â€˜Do not disturbâ€™ mask
To fling these words crushed
like ice into your face?
Iâ€™ll answer the question,
Just give me five.