Know How To Be Evasive

February 9, 2016

                        after Baltasar Gracián

Say hover when you mean over
      weary when you mean leery

Turn a tight spot into
                                        a night spot

The owl sleeps while the mourning doves coo.

Your charm is in being
     even when you disappear:

gracious when fronted
                                          with salacious

flirtatious when heads bob & move on.

Smooth someone’s skin
      when the brambles
              lie within.

A comfortable couch
      hides a vulnerable souse.

When he hints about whether you fain . . .
      smile & point out the rain.