The Ladies of Horror
Picture-Prompt Writing Challenge!
by Suzie Lockhart
My performance deceived everyone
for so long
I hid behind dirty windows,
Ashamed of what I’d become inside
year upon year
of practiced dissimulation,
Stinging me into a silent façade,
I ignored the darkness, tried to remember
Colors so bright, once blinding as
blind me they did.
Small things at first, pinholes of a darkness
Colors bleeding down the walls,
Peeling away a paper heart
love was dying,
I refused to see, denied the truth
Until an endless void opened
my soul shuddered
Begging to be set free, from a love
Making me smaller, each passing day
colors now faded, muted gray
Blossoming like a black dahlia
I scream from the bottom,
To a world turned dark.
I never let you see
The pit of despair behind my masquerade,
I am lost forever now
Fiction © Copyright Suzie Lockhart
Image courtesy of Pixabay.com
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