Velveted Blades: A Poem

Skin of blades

Velveted by day

Sheathed under layers

Of false smiles

And soft words.

But as night falls

Hinge outward

Extending scythes

Of umbrage


Piercing embrace.

(Photo by David Stroup)


The author of The Pharaoh’s Cry,  Portal Shift, Kidnapped Smile, and Dragon Sky from the fantasy series The Artania Chronicles,  as well as the middle-grade Forest Secrets. Laurie Woodward  co-wrote Dean and JoJoThe Dolphin Legacy. Her poetry has been published in multiple journals and anthologies and she was a collaborator on the popular anti-bullying DVD Resolutions. Bullied as a child, Laurie is now an award-winning peace consultant, poet,  and blogger who helps teach children how to avoid arguments, stop bullying, and maintain healthy friendships. She writes on the Central Coast of California. More about her work can be found at

2 thoughts on “Velveted Blades: A Poem

  1. Is that what brings the night
    better to find something else
    to replace the habit with light
    one that you can smile with
    & don’t feel the need to hide
    no matter how big is the tide
    this situation with its might
    can be overcome for sure
    trust people that support you
    and let God be your guide.

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