Beneath the Surface

Written by: Nicola Coutinho

Just beneath
Not out of reach
Smeared over
You may not see

Beauty and grace
I do project
Feminity flows
A shy façade

Winds billow
As does my soul
Look deeper
You’ll hear my song

I am she
A haunting tune
An obsessive love
But always covered over

Angelic child
Cheating student
Doting wife
Another’s mistress


Not a clue
From this face
Vermillion on my head
My eyes see red

Bound by tradition
The choice not mine
Hushed tones
Silenced desires

Ornamentally gorgeous
Draped in silk
You must be blind
If you can’t see the filth

Why shackle
What’s meant to be free?
I may be a woman
But I’m also “me”

An explorer
Ardent giver
Wildly passionate
Let me be


Judge me not
Should I exchange
Profession for vocation
Marriage for love

Just beneath
Not out of reach
My spirit rebels
There’s a raging beast

Sun-kissed dreams
My canvas
My colours
I call the strokes

I am both
She and He
Mother Earth
And Zeus the feared

Unleashing my demons
Prepare ye the feast
Heaven and Hell will dine
My worlds will meet