Redemption


Notorious
Crimson smeared lips
Mussed up hair
Cothes askew
Furtive deed done
she stares down
with cloudy eyes
at calloused hands

clutching much-needed notes
Unsteady on stilettos
that drive a spike
into a heart
twisted with dismay

she walks the streets
contemplating a descent
that takes her
deeper
farther
from the heaven
she set out to find

Broken by fate
bloodied by circumstance
she sold her body
but held on to her soul

Is she the author
of her notorious destiny
A damning indictment
or does she still have time
to script her salvation

© 2017 Uma Venkatraman ~ All Rights Reserved

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