Fifteen Candles

Childish beliefs in fairy tales
Deaf ears and blind eyes;
Courted by a fraud:
Carried away by his lies.

Naïve trust of rogue
Who became so profane:
So cruel in pursuit of pleasure
A harbinger of pain.

Headlong into disaster
The foolish maid is lain.
The “happily ever after”
A sorrowful refrain.

Purity and trust betrayed
By the fists of rage:
Love turned to ashes
Only a stain of blood remains.

—Kathleen Ellis Faulkner

Kathleen Ellis Faulkner

Kathleen Ellis Faulkner

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