She is her very own masterpiece,
her most important work.
Who else could cultivate a face of facts?
deep within skin and spirit.
And still, she lifts the corners of her lips to smile,
her only weapon, a saviour’s choice,
rescuing herself from the clutches of misery,
dodging it more than once.
Survival mode is second nature,
fierce femininity her fuel,
tired, inspired, wilful, skilful,
philosophical – intuitively true.
© Michelle Sotiriou 2022