lace

such a beautiful

graceful informal

the delicate ivory

mirroring hers

the china fragility

porcelain doll

shattered and broken

at a man's touch…

piece her back together

finest clear glue

the hairline cracks mend

and remain but hairlines

a slip of the hand and

an adhesive bead tear squeezes

its imperfection marring

the errorless face…

china doll mended

put back on the shelf

alone on the stand left

to fend for herself

one small hand extended

in a dainty silent scream

…they say they tied her neck closed

with lace.