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I cannot wash you from my hands
your stain, it runs too deep
in sin and marrow
and a thousand storms
that shake the stars from sleep.

I cannot blot away your lies,
their stain upon my heart
like the sweetest balm
spilled from a chalice
that cries the night apart.

I cannot dream away your face,
its sweet stain stalks my soul
where skin comes undone
like sacrifices
and bleeds my body cold.
Prompt - Guilt

Lady Macbeth came to mind..
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SarahDarling10 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012  Professional General Artist
The only word which can roll from my lips is 'beautiful'

Thank you
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012  Professional Writer
Many thanks - I appreciate it very much!
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Y43 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2010
Beautiful - I can just imagine Lady Macbeth whispering this during one of her sleepwalking fits; it's quite chilling yet very sad :<.
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2010  Professional Writer
Many thanks. I appreciate it!
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HourglassOfLostTime Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2010
epic work
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2010  Professional Writer
Thanks!
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Xtala Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2010
Now this... I love too much...
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2010  Professional Writer
Many thanks. I appreciate it!
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jade-pandora Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2010
:sniff: beautiful
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2010  Professional Writer
Thanks very much. It was experimental. I think i am developing a style that sort of combines archaic and very modern...not sure how it is working out. I just penned two in that style...
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designdiva3 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2010   Digital Artist
MM felt like this once myself. Very well put.
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2010  Professional Writer
Many thanks. I appreciate it.
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EllaNyx Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2010
This does have the feel of Lady Macbeth about it, makes me want to design something for her.;)
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2010  Professional Writer
Gotta love that woman... Thanks very much.
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Zimmrie-Kanoah Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Wonderful both of them were wonderful.
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2010  Professional Writer
:iconthankyou1::iconthankyou2:
:iconbigheartplz:
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Zimmrie-Kanoah Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
^^
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DAL22-Creations Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2010  Professional Writer
Oooooh i :heart: this peice, it's got me thinking, would you mind if i tried to make my own personal version, i will of corse put a link to this brilliant peice and to your profile page, :cuddle:
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2010  Professional Writer
Be my guest! I like it when people do that!
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DAL22-Creations Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2010  Professional Writer
Glad to hear, i'll give it my best shot :lol: and note you or something when i'm done :hug:
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andyslade Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2010
More literary delight.

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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2010  Professional Writer
:iconthankyou1::iconthankyou2:
:iconbigheartplz:
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peridot-magelette Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2010
poignant. well said, from her perspective.
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2010  Professional Writer
:iconthankyou1::iconthankyou2:
:iconbigheartplz:
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peridot-magelette Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2010
always welcome!
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SoulSiren Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2010
i know exactly what you are talking about...well captured emotion, brother!
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2010  Professional Writer
Thanks very much. I sort of played with some rhyme in this one.
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sinnaminsun Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2010
:clap:
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2010  Professional Writer
Many thanks. I appreciate it!
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moon-sorceress Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2010
Guilt, it's amazing how many people live their lives with it. Great words as per usual!
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2010  Professional Writer
A dab of it can be beneficial...but no one should wallow in it.
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vikingjon Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2010  Professional General Artist
"Out, damn'd spot! out, I say!"—
We all have our stains that are hard to wash away.
Nice wordsmithing.
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2010  Professional Writer
Many thanks. I appreciate it!
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xx-Lethal-xx Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2010
this speaks to me.. oh so much. Beautiful
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2010  Professional Writer
Many thanks. I appreciate it!
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bshuffett Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2010
Featured! [link]
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2010  Professional Writer
Many thanks!
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bshuffett Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2010
You're welcome!
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OpheliaWhispers Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2010  Hobbyist
Funny, I was thinking "Out out damn spot" - LadyMacbeth.

Lovely poem... it truly moved me :hug:
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2010  Professional Writer
Yeah...I was as well. Should have called this one lady M...
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SylviaVeir Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh wow! This is absolutely beautiful writing :love:
And i love the rhyme too :P It doesn't show up often in your work :)
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2010  Professional Writer
Thanks. No, I do not do nearly as much as i would like, but I am tweaking one right now...
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J3loodRaven Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2010
To be honest...I preferred the original. Perhaps you can post the original as an alternative?
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2010  Professional Writer
Actually, all I did on this one was break it into stanzas. I alter and tweak many others, changing words, etc. But this one was just structure...
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C0nfessi0ns Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2010
amazing :|
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2010  Professional Writer
Many thanks. I appreciate it!
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Rivaleka Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
I know this all too very well...
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2009  Professional Writer
I think we all do...
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meljoy68 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Guilt is a powerful emotion... you express it eloquently. I expect nothing less and am never disappointed. :aww:
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2009  Professional Writer
Thanks, love. It is very powerful...and can be devastating as well.
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