There are bruises
On his face
Beneath the skin,
Fading opals,
Indigo, purple,
And brown.

You never noticed
How beautiful
He was
Until you entered
His lair to lie –
Bruises beneath the skin.

Your eyes map
Them-
Your mouth
Chattering nonsense,
Spilling out lies,
(His eyes are blue.)

It's the nature
Of the Beast,
Bruises beneath the skin
Bruises on your behalf.
You can't ignore them
Bruises beneath the skin.

Bruises linger,
Long in fading:
Green, Yellow,
Purple…
(You have them too.)
The truth leaks out.

Bruise to bruise,
Face to face,
Lips to lips,
You flow together…
(William's innocence
Blinding you both.)