Pantomimed Proposal

Between brows
upraised
lies an infinite valley of face
whose permutations we come to love
in a language of their own

Bemused mouth curl
meets half serious
half sardonic
is this the idiot I picked to love lift
of reconsidered lips

Frozen half second longer
as in thought
then sealed tight
hiding teeth from incorporeal cameras
that bring forth brief fear

One of those imperfections
the quickening of their eyes
makes you keen to overlook
an aversion from your own
at this worst of times

Relief then
when a smile finds its way back
makes soundless seconds into minutes
till their gaze rests on you
and the answer is complete

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