Do you have any questions?
an always-asked question
at the end of an interview.
He has clearly described to her the situation.
She has vaguely heard some words.
He is confident in his discourse.
She is unsure of her response.
Facts, in black and white, he has put down.
Reality, out of the blue, she has put aside.
He has explained with solid evidence.
She has heard with confused emotions.
He is present in his own room.
She is absent in her own mind.
He thinks she has absorbed everything he has informed.
In truth, she is suffering from severe indigestion.
He gives her the opportunity
to ask any question.
He gives himself the opportunity
to complete the procedure.
She hesitates for a moment.
She knows she has many unformed unknowns.
She tries very hard
to mold a single question,
to put forth the words
whirling in her mind
He looks at her face, smiling, waiting for her final words.
She sees him waiting, waiting for her final words.
“…no…” she says,
by default, automatically.