Pandemic masks express little
of the wearer’s personality: floral,
funny, plain or heavy metal.
We focus on each other’s pupils
or look away, unsure if sparkles
are reflections of windowed souls.
Words and meanings muffled,
cloaked, and sometimes daggered waffle
to fill the spaces in between, mumbled
emotions captured in dissembled
etiquette. And how we long for smiles,
rows of teeth, and lips that unfurl like petals,
unmasked and welcoming, visible and near,
with words waiting to be spoken loud and clear.
Kim M. Russell, 3rd March 2021
This week for Weekly Scribblings, Rommy would like us to create new poetry or prose inspired by one (or all) of the following Hamilton quotes:
- “I’m looking for a mind at work.”
- “History has its eyes on you.”
- “Talk less. Smile more.”
- “Dying is easy, young man. Living is harder.”
- “Love doesn’t discriminate between the sinners and the saints.”
I’m not overly keen on musicals, have never seen ‘Hamilton’, and don’t have a clue to what it’s about, so I am going at this with no preconceptions. I chose “Talk less. Smile more”.