Inked in Steel

Inked in Steel (By Cat Matchuk)

silhouette of person
Photo by Jeswin Thomas.

Push through this skin
and paint a picture.

Finger painting
with blood.
It was all a young girl knew.

Introduced to a rainbow,
instead of the pain
instead of tears

Push the sword through
the invisible webs that strangle.
Cut away the clouds of despair.

Scars replaced with an artist’s vision,
replaced with a blade of light.

Tattooed with a sword.