Blood-Bought Bare

Face full of make up

Troubled brow

Then tears of terror, sheer fear

Mascara covering up the blows

Full face crying

Nobody wins.


Face full of make up

Perfectly set

Then tears of joy, rolling free

Mascara smeared, but blotted back

Full face smiling

Joy wins.


Face full of make up

Perfectly set

Then tears of pain, childbirth pain

Mascara fades into motherhood

Full face laboring

Deliverance wins.


Face full of make up

Perfectly set

Then tears of grief, heaving sobs

Mascara gone, waterproof failed

Full face weeping

Sadness wins.


Face full of make up

Haphazardly set

Then tears of pride, grandma kind

Mascara overrated, gray mixed in

Full face singing

Love wins.


Face full of make up

Elderly brow

Then tears of loss, severed heart

Mascara made for this earth

Full face looking unto Jesus

Death wins.


Face full of tears

Streaming, dripping off your chin

Tears of every kind

Mascara no match

Full face of humanity

The earth wins.


Sometimes tears are acid

Sometimes a healing balm

Sometimes unable to breathe

Sometimes inviting calm

Sometimes a welcome relief