In the time-worn canvas,
A child’s doll
With a crack in the face
Aching muscles strewn aside,
Becomes an archive
Of old cassettes
That used to play fancy lullabies
But now smell of
And guarded smiles.
The most evidential part
Of growing up is
You cannot always keep
The ones you love.
Do not tell me that the blue-black blisters are not beautiful.
Whipped. Flogged. Next, thrashed.
Each of the crimson cicatrice writes about a battle I won. Each brown wound speaks the story of a brave girl who never gave up.
The scars no longer look ugly when I stand naked in front of the mirror. Because, I have started loving the hues, and along with them,myself.
Do not tell me that the burning craters are not beautiful.
I stand at the threshold wearing the same old , purple-green smile.
Smile of victory.
Smile of revenge.
Smile of standing through the whole.
The heart bleeds.
But despite the thousand daggers that slits through or the million smithereens it breaks into,
the heart still remains a virgin.