“Mask-like expression” it’s kindly put

by the literature: a lack

of facial tone hiding age, intention,

pain, delight, and all between.


Stumbling on an album photo

of you at sixteen, I revel in

your parted lips, your teeth,

your lit eyes, your slight dimples.


Today you are my Greek drama,

archaic vizard, masquerade,

your face lending your thoughts

to my imagination.


Photo by Victoria Priessnitz on Unsplash

Jan Seale

Jan Seale was the 2012 Texas Poet Laureate. She is the author of nine volumes of poetry, the latest being ...more