Facing yourself, the down, damned and dirty. You feel the soot, the sweat, the oil on your face at night. You feel the cracks, the calluses, you pick at the gunk under the fingernails of your fiddling hand.
Facing yourself, the down, damned and dirty.
You know your ugly. You know your regrets, your hate, every unethical thought you’ve had, you spit at yourself in spite and shame. Oh, you know your ugly.
You execute yourself, so willing you put your head on the chopping block, you even cut the damn rope of the guillotine. Facing yourself.
But afterward, you pick up your head and place it back on your shoulders just so as to avert any suspicion of your crookedness. And you walk on.
Your foe, the eyes looking back at you in the mirror, mocks you because they see right through the makeup, the BS, the excuses.
You know what’s real and you know what you fight for. Which is why you walk with that load on your shoulders.
What you expose is your beauty and your strength. Your ugliness, bent, surrenders to the better parts of you. You know your ugly which is why you look so damn good.