Vintage Words


The trick is not to get caught

at it behind your boss's back.

The joy it brings may mean pride

or embarrassment or mishap.


The muscles move of themselves,

the jaws stretch, the front teeth fight

for air, the lips stretch until the cheeks

hurt. Blood rushes to the eyes

or the canary feather pokes out

just a tip.


You look suspicious but do not

wipe it off. It belongs there like a

house on its land, a nest in a tree,

the cousin of a smile.






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