Lusus Naturae

Black Mona Lisa
12" x 16" acrylic on canvas panel

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Once, 
I yearned to be
like these other girls,
naive, unaware, unawake,
to hidden predators
that aged me years ago
into a shadow of Myself

Inside, 
there lives a twisted daughter
morphed from secrets,
educated by pain

And it is She
who rules
when effort produces futility
that only survivors 
can withstand
by having already endured
All.