Bathtub Madonna

from by Lillian Frances

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On the Saturday morning this was written, all these feelings bubbled up to the surface and jumped out of my fingertips into the computer. I saved the project folder as “RIP Friday,” because it felt like some part of me had died the night before. I was a lizard who had shed her skin in the night. This skin had been a translucent layer, a layer that covered up my true essence. It tried to disguise me, to fit me into a mold that I thought would please him. This layer was preoccupied with how others viewed me. It served only to sabotage me by covering up the truest essence of my being.

I shed my skin in the night. It crackled and crunched between my toes in the morning when I stepped on it. From then on, I didn’t need that skin. Only the mind, body and spirit that live in harmony underneath.


I will never be your bathtub madonna
Resting in between the flora and fauna
Pulling out my knife to carve me a new name
From this moment on I swear I’m not the same

Stay still, visions from my window sill,
Inside the body experiences got me
Feeling like a brand new human and I want to
Run away with the moon, I’ll be back by next June


Let’s take studder steps, I’ll readily accept your offer,
Cause it isn’t often, that I see you around
These parts, welcome to town,
We’re our own surround sound, show me how you get down


What’s a Prima Donna? 

Is that a good thing?

Roll the windows down and give me a new name


from The Gravestone Feel EP, released February 14, 2017
Written, produced and mixed by Lillian Frances
Mastered by Garrett Bevins
Trumpet by Aaron "Hype Man" Shaw



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