the woman with the mottled face

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Her velour diaphanous cape with the lace-edge hood, hid her mottled face; keeping it in the shade like a grand old elm sheltering the neighbourhood. The birth marks looked like splotches of ink cast against her skin like stains on a dirty skirt.

She only ventured out when the weather was dissonant clashing between dark, thunderous clouds, and patches of yellow sunlight. She looked for the iridescent rainbow stretching across the sky.

Once there were 3 rainbows and she thought of this as a sign – but a sign to what. She felt the salty flow down her cheeks as she stood looking southward, waiting for the 3 rainbows to answer her question or take her with them to the stars. She opened the clip of her purse, pulled out a handkerchief and dabbed at the tears.

Written for Sunday’s Whirligig 4 

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4 thoughts on “the woman with the mottled face

  1. humbird April 28, 2015 / 12:59 pm

    Poor, poor joy, follow the rainbow and find the meaning, – I had in my thoughts. Very engaging and evocative for me story…nice use of words.


    • phylor April 29, 2015 / 9:50 am

      Thank you — I love the lyrical nature of your comment!


  2. oldegg April 26, 2015 / 6:27 pm

    Sadly we judge others more by their appearance than the person inside. One would hope that in this age of embracing differences this could be possible. It is perhaps a deep grained bestial instinct that has no place in a civilized world. However we fail miserably on many counts don’t we?


    • phylor April 26, 2015 / 7:49 pm

      It is sad that we still use judgmental criteria against or for any group, culture, race, ethnicity, and so on. Sometimes it seems like we’ve learned so much. Other times, like we have learned nothing at all.


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