Bold on her cheeks. Sign of cultural heritage on her lips. Queen of the jungle, Wearing her smile, Like an attire of the lips. Her smile so brittle. Shy and timid, she covers up. A beauty queen without makeup.
Stripes and ramifications From birth till death. Deep and slight. Dark and light. Straight and slant. The marks against her bare skin that made her art.
Her Tribal marks as old as time. Her origin, her background. Scarification, whatever you call it! Heals the body, with it's unique meanings. It doesn't makes her an outcast or different from anyone else. Her tribal marks aren't symbol of tribalism. It adds to her beauty. Whether light or dark skinned. It is honour in form of lines and dots and drawings.
Her tribal marks are lines of sacred history. She might be defined but her tribal marks are her strength. Deep within the skin, She's a specific identification. An identification of a great tribe, family, linage, clan and patrilineal heritage. A symbol of beauty and creativity. She's mischievous yet,unique. Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder.