A Japanese image (a poem)

Inspired by a photograph by Hisatomi Tadahiko…

The shadow
makes you look like a statue
a warrior
in shades of grey
your sharpened features
ready to show no mercy
poised to attack
from every angle

Your expression is blank
a cipher open to interpretation
but giving nothing away
not even your full lips
and heavy-lidded eyes
suggest what might happen next

(20 February 2015)