Beauty Marks



Many
not seen
with naked eye 

Just 
perceived nuances
in a smile

Some hidden
purposely

Under sleeves

Faded with time
barely perceptible

to most

Flaws give
strength

Love gives
life

Beauty marks
worn proudly

Copyright © 2018 Penny Wilson

Sacrifice


fire

I always knew there was something Dark in you.  Then the day came when you revealed your true self.

You didn’t see me hidden in the dark as I followed you.

Your rituals, rehearsed and practiced millions of times.  Would I die for seeing them?

You raise your hands and the people fell silent.  Did I see worship in their eyes?

The danger of my curiosity now realized, I shrank back from the glow of the fire.

You raise your face to the heavens, the fire glow turning your skin crimson.

With a booming voice that I did not recognize, you said “Bring the sacrifice forward!”

Suddenly there were hands on me, roughly pulling me up and dragging me, stumbling, toward the fire.