TRICK OF THE LIGHT
A torch seemed to shine from within,
appeared to erase her years at times
so that each turn of her head
was like a kaleidoscope
breaking into a new arrangement.
She was fond of saying,
"It's a trick of the light".
But it was a charlatan's game she played,
knowing how to change her face.
A rosy bloom appeared
upon her silken cheek,
yet a passing cloud pleated her skin
to a withered age.
She found another like herself,
a face in chiaroscuro.
A bogus youth,
deceiving with intention,
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