Ugly Secrets

Behind secreted, shadowed, sullen smiles a heart-faced child cries freckled tears and staining laughter, if it comes. She dries her cheeks with dirty hands that touch too much and misty, green eyes that hope just once within her gaze you’ll care enough to see. Drowning, draped in sumptuous dresses her shoulders show her puerile pain….

time, my love, and time

she was trained to bend on demand. sugar smiles and fairy dust met with horrors spawned in hell. abusive smiles and tortured grins do her harm, shatter smiles, all the while proclaiming innocence. and he never.touched.her (but someone did) and it was.never.him (yet she bears the scars). shook her with echoing screams, and it’s his…

Fear

Eyes due west to the setting sun. Shadows that elongate on rippled sand. Her colors, bright, belie the shadows. Headdress a cold blue, like the ocean ahead from which emerges the quiet moon. She watches, unflinching, the drowning sun. It bubbles and moans beneath waves of burning sand. It is night, the long, cold, night….

Hannah

Hanna hopes to go back home To her handsome Hampton house Past the perfect picket fence And her barbed wire bed Craves his careful, crafted cries Falls for falsely fashioned tears Hopes to hold his heartless hands Safely in sobriety Tried to tame his trenchant touch With her bosom bounteous Stillborn sorrow rising, since He…

before

dirty faced girl child like shit-stained tracks from tears and brown decay and just just just a bit of indifference she cries, silently shaking her sullen tresses and they still bounce they do like when she was alive before he came and before mama didn’t care before when there was food instead of the stench…

papa don’t take no … mess

his hands never leave the filth of him crawls beneath her skin as feces stains the cuticles of her thumbless hands she gnaws around his feculence with feline precision knows she cannot remove him without defiling her tongue speak his name she will not but he is there in the mirror the blue of his…