With a solicitude whose grace became apparent
by their evident belief that in a glance
I would be able to advance
a brief but sensitive appraisal of the fine array
of nuanced features they had brought me to display,
three faces just arose to offer their vicissitudes today.
They couldn’t stay: there were too many other eyes
to heed, to feed – to gauge, assuage – the rage
of some of whose intemperate uncertainties
they might be able to allay.