When To Wear Mascara

by Jennifer Donnell

When the black fingerprints of tears carve cheekbones 
and chisel the sadness 
that last week's smiles did not anticipate,
it's time for the cold, antiseptic
cloth to briskly remove the evidence
and leave cheeks ruddy with the false glow of 
cherry blossom kisses,
which insist that Spring is love.