Forensics

if you were God, or Paul Ekman,
you would have known right off
in the garden under sad moon lamp
that Adam was lying, but to be sure,
you could ask– a courtesy, or open book
or open door to second chance.
but muscles twitched– subtly wrong
for a fraction of a second. observable
as Mona Lisa’s flirty smile,
or Bill Clinton’s clean &jerk jaw.
in 10,000 possible expressions
lies the atlas of the human face.
there is a tell. there is a know.

Poetic Asides & Real Toads

untitled doodle by Ted Gordon

untitled doodle by Ted Gordon

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15 thoughts on “Forensics

  1. You got me with that fantastic first line! Yes, there is always a “tell,” but how often we choose to not see it! Thanks for participating in the prompt!

    1. Lola, thanks for the prompt. Paul Ekman, the forensic scientist figured that less than 1% of people can detect or recognize what are true tells called micro expressions: rapid expression changes lasting only a fraction of a second that reveal true feelings. I certainly would like to know what one should look for!

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