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real makeup 2


the scars of life are real makeup

superficial beautification

and cosmetic surgery

is no more effective than polishing a corpse


turned furrows of pained failure

bring deep beauty to the surface

cracked, exposed earth

ushers in a kiss

…the breath of life


a broken heart

beats more tenderly

and though it limps it knows full well

that remaining untouched and inside

brings no reward


for real life to begin

death must first knock

but if the door remains shut

who can speak of fellowship?


to paint the bows and never set sail

is like locking the rudder

in a becalmed sea

for to be painted

requires the boat to leave the water


rather to have loved and lost

than to live with abandoned desires

rather to walk with a limp

than to run swiftly in half forgotten dreams


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