Ink stains

Hold your fingers to the light
Trace the pattern round the skin
With a ragged nail
Spirals and whorls…
Fingerprints defined
By dark rich ink
Mirrored letters dancing
Where fingers rested too long.

Ink stains blight and blot my hands
A testament to hours spent scribbling
Scratching. Tracing scripts
On parchment. Bold black
On a creamy canvas.
A semi-permanence
Converted by fluid,
Moved by water.

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