Makeup

 

so tonight
I will 
          sleep
in makeup
mascara flakes
                            black
on white flannel 
pillows
reminders of
passion-smeared 
                                   nights
kohl and scarlet and
stephanotis sprayed
sheets
the blood-bitten
                                 lips
of younger days
of different men
                                 replaced
by work
by exhaustion
by the
              comfort
of a well-stuffed
                                 panther
and a 
            bottomless
glass of wine

© s rogers 2008

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