“Never Avert Your Eyes” by MJ Sullivan

MJ Sullivan

A poem by Mary Jane (“MJ”) Sullivan, Instructor of Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA), which came out of her daily writing during the month of May:

Never Avert Your Eyes

His son Lukas was looking under his father’s workbench

     discovered several cardboard boxes

          filled with small clay faces.

His father found a simple vocabulary

     With thumb and forefinger

He molded thought and feeling

     the betrayal of eyes and mouth,

          cheeks, temples and chin

Who am I? Who are you?

     Familiar: an upturned nose, a downturn mouth

          hollow eyes

Familiar: I met you on a plane, at the grocery store

     at a traffic light.

          bounded by emotions his father catches glimpses that bind us

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