Monday, October 5, 2009

Armor Abandoned

One by one, fingers removed the teardrop earrings, their sparkle catching the light as she laid them on the marble top of the dressing table… hands slipped to the nape of her neck, unclasping the pearls warmed by the touch of her skin. Slowly the pins were pulled from the classic updo that had whispered just the right note of elegance and shimmering hair fell to her shoulders. She stood, allowing the simple black sheath to slip silently to the floor…the mask she had hidden behind for this evening now a lifeless shadow. All these touches to manufacture the fa├žade that they … all of them … expected from her.

The armor abandoned, her eyes slowly lifted to the mirror.

No one was there.


Mary Anne Gruen said...

I admire how you are able to say so much in so little space, with such poetic overtones.

I've given you the Honest Scrap Award over at my blog at

Don't worry if you don't have time to do the whole award thingy. Just know your work is appreciated.

Tess said...

Wow! I'm honored ... and I so appreciate the comment you left ... Thank you so much!!

aminah said...

you write beautifully.

Mulled Vine said...

I really like this. I often wonder if we are the sum of our masks or if there is a real me under it all. Or perhaps Shrek was right: we are like onions.

This is why I don't do poetry! :)