Spiderweb fissures
spread thin probing fingers,
Clawing at flawless veneer.

Years later, cracks appear.

Decades slide,
cracks widen, gaping, yawning,
gnawing at perfect veneer.
Flakes fall, flutter in a flurry
to the floor.

Pale peering china doll,
pirouettes in the light
purported perfection
piebald. pillaged.
replete with rot,
reeking of duplicity death dawdles drearily,
deeming dreaded distance desirable,
And of the pulchritudinous porcelain?
paltry powder persists.