Anthology - Stolen Beauty

Anthology cover

In March we asked for entries to a charity anthology where the theme was STOLEN. Kneel Downe's Stolen Indie Anthology is published on 20th May but we wanted to share some of the entries here on the website too, whether or not they made it into the new book. Here's Stolen Beauty by Ruth Sabath Rosenthal...

look at me
facing away
from the mirror
dressing then
steeling myself
for my reflection
readying the face
facing each of my days

that mask in place
venturing out
walking the city
block by block
hoping to find
some vestige of
my old self

my red lips waxed
into a faux smile
eyes invariably hitting upon
man after man eyeing
one pretty young thing
or another
once the likes of me

and catching a glimpse of me
what they’d see is pretty
much how i remember
my mother
towards the end of her life
her beauty stolen
self image shattered
and there’s no escaping that

RUTH SABATH ROSENTHAL is a New York poet, well published in the U.S., and internationally. Her poem “on yet another birthday” was nominated for a Pushcart prize. Ruth has authored five books of poetry: “Facing Home” (a chapbook) - “Facing Home and beyond” - “little, but by no means small” - “Food: Nature vs Nurture” and “Gone, but Not Easily Forgotten” - all available from Amazon.

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