Stay Golden

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By Denise Marsh

A mouth full of fire

And a heart full of ice

Were offered to her

Like a sacrifice to the gods

And she stood there

Closed her eyes tight enough

To block out the hate

burn the chill

And tried to remember

That no matter what

She would never lose

The sweetness

That kept her whole

And remained golden

Even as daggers framed

Every inch

of her

body and soul.