The Way She Painted Me


This is the way she painted me


sloppy brushstrokes

of indigo

and cloudy-white.

—- messy holes

that spread

and leak


marbled splatters of nose and eyelid. 

It looks nothing like me


when I touch her,

I can feel it

sweating into the pores behind my eyelashes–

staining my sight

like the horror of a bloody


“The Way She Painted Me” by Angie Hoover-Hillhouse

Artwork: No Sudden Movement by Nina Schroeder

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