Life came loaded with its weapons
and shot down your youth.
There is no magic in a mirror
that reflects but doesn’t explain.
Make-up can’t cover the road map
pain has driven across your face.
Vulnerability met predator
when you were only sixteen.
He told you that love was proved
by walking in heels on dark city streets.
It’s never too late to start over
when it’s hell you’re leaving behind.
Dry your tears; the rainy season is over.
You’ve repented more than anyone in this town.
Smile Marina, get ready for life’s second act.
Let the beauty of your heart be seen on your face.
©Susie Clevenger 2012
Marian at Real Toads gave us the music of the Jayhawks as inspiration to create our written piece.