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Her scars lay obscured,
shrouded by years of survival,
protected by safe distance,
masked by cosmetic smiles—
until you met her eyes
and there you shared
a fragment of her pain.
but after all,
the same wonderful woman.

One of four poems written by Steve Page in response to paintings at the BEAT (Borough of Ealing Art Trail) exhibit at St John's Church, West Ealing in September 2017.

The painting is entitled The wounded woman, by the artist and Paola Fratticci. 

Poem Steve Page: for permission to re-use contact stevejeff62@gmail.com.

Borough of Ealing Art Trail