A Gift of Pearls

An angel hovers in the air,
Swaying in the breeze,
Silken stockings, ripped and torn,
Hang down 'round her knees.

Around her neck, a "gift" of pearls,
Lilac, like her gown.
Above this string she's tied another.
This one hempen brown.

Lipstick from the night before
(This is lilac also),
Is smeared across her bloodless cheeks.
A ribbon in the snow.

Her fingernails are chipped and cracked.
The lacquer's worn away.
The frills and ruffles 'round her wrists
The wind's begun to fray.

Her love misplaced,
Her trust betrayed,
A treasure taken, ripped away.
For this, she chose to end it all.
The loss of innocence.
Purity's downfall

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