Body Language

The body and the mind agree
to work together, usually.
Sometimes brain will sense a lie
and transmit signals to defy
what the mind intends to say
and cause a body to convey
a message not as much untrue
through gestures or a subtle cue:
the fluttering of anxious eye
when awkward pauses falsify
a stuttering in nervous teeth
a heartbeat pounding underneath
a restless leg or wave of arm
a change in voice to raise alarm
a tilted head or shifting hips
a gulp, perhaps some Freudian slips
a mouth that suddenly goes dry
a tongue-tied tongue that can't untie
a foot that points another way
or fingers flirting to betray
precisely how you're feeling now
or what you really should have said
had you courage to allow
the truth to speak its heart instead.

Body Language © Copyright 2021, Robert J. Tiess.

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Submitted: March 5, 2019