Thursday, April 30, 2015

Bury the Truth

She was an artist,
her paints composed of
concealer
foundation
face powder
rouge
lipstick
eye shadow
eyeliner
eyebrow powder;

but when makeup would not suffice,
she borrowed truths.

"I slammed my hand in the car door."
"I tripped over the laundry basket."
"I was in such a rush I  didn't realize I'd
closed the door & BAM!"
"My heal broke and I couldn't catch
myself in time."

words came easily;
she'd never known anything else.
but they were her truths to bear -
hers, not her daughters;
& so the first time
her daughter felt the sting
of those truths,
she made sure it was the last -

burying the truths
beneath the lush pink roses.



On inspiration for this piece: This idea was pulled from Poetic Asides's 2015 April PAD Challenge: Day 30. "For today’s prompt, take the phrase 'Bury the (blank),' replace the blank with a word or phrase, make the new phrase the title of your poem, and then, write your poem."

Alas, it is day 30!  While there were definitely moments I struggled, I knew I would make it to the end.  It definitely feels good.  Hopefully with the end of this challenge, I will not crawl back into hibernation mode.  I'm not sure I'll maintain the insane pace of this past month, but hopefully I will find inspiration to continue to write.



7 comments:

Buddah Moskowitz said...

Excellent. I loved the surprising twist this took. Hope it's not autobiographical. Wonderfully done.

Björn Rudberg said...

Wow.. that end was excellent.

X said...

You can run from the truth, but you can never quite hide from it. I am glad that it was her daughter that motivates her to move beyond what she has believed. That is a motivation that will not quit.

Victoria said...

Such a tragic reality that too many confront. I've known a woman like this--there is nothing you can do to convince them it can be otherwise--at least that's how it seems. Very well expressed

Victoria Ceretto-Slotto said...

Google is doing all it can from allowing me to comment yesterday and today--not only on your blog.

You express such a sad reality in such an effective way. I wish women like this could see their worth before it comes to this.

Vandana Sharma said...

I guess it is better to go with truth!

Heaven said...

I like the twist in the ending ~ Some truths, though painful need to be said rather than concealed ~

Grace