A little bit of its old face has become visible now that the newer parts have crumbled away.
Those new parts were put on it like make-up on hardened and aging *****.
Some nice ladies said it would be better that way. They said it would be more dignified for her and for her children and for everyone, really, if the hot obscenity and blood of her quick, easy childhood were obscured with wrought iron and pastel colored paint and flowers and fountains.
But then the nice ladies all died and we decided not to do that anymore. We saw her with her glammer and sharp edges mostly worn away, and we saw her with our own eyes and we saw that she is finally what she really is and she is genuine and she is truly beautiful and we love her like this.
She has some fresh, young drunkards with fresh, young haircuts and lots of fresh, young optimism who stand out and starkly contrast the deeply lined, rotten old ******* who hold out the torches, for all the good it does.
It’ll hold. They say it’ll hold inside the cool, dim cafe as they drink without reason or need.
And the pain-wracked, wretched old things are also there, and they drink more and they drink much better. They’ve had a lot more practice.
And they wait. And they dream. And they begin to crumble.
Don’t look too closely. Don’t see. Fools see. Fools look for such things. Fools celebrate these things as if they are immune to the cold, black river to the dry, coughing crypt, to Lethe.
Don't look too closely at the places you intend to sleep.
It really isn’t worth it. Not if you like sleeping, anyway.