#208 of 365 – “black lipstick”

“black lipstick”


anger comes with matted hair

and black lipstick


self-pity with her nose

all runny and red


defeat with shoulders drawn

eyes empty and sick


regret with her memories

smashed and torn to a shred


indecision brings nothing

but his vast and heavy space


compulsion with the scoured hands

of agonizing need


procrastination with deep lines

of fear on her face


dishonesty with his twisted mouth

and language to mislead


my only weapon here is prayer

that I’ll stumble into grace


and though they taunt and try to break me

this is a war I won’t concede



About Blackbird

Poet, sculptor, jewelry maker, writer, spouse, parent, crazy person - not necessarily in that order.
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2 Responses to #208 of 365 – “black lipstick”

  1. pi314chron says:

    Simple but effective rhyme scheme and a real “Wowza” for heavy-duty thinking. I hope Starralee doesn’t mind too much that I used her “Wowza.” It just seemed the thing to do at the time.

  2. Starralee says:

    “His” dishonesty, misleading language–brings back harsh memories for me. I don’t know how I could just swallow the whoppers I heard over and over and over…. But on a positive note, “stumbling into grace” can be the best way to do it!

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