Tuesday, November 21, 2006

The Unraveling

Bria is peeling off her skin
in strips, like an orange
from the tip of her index finger
across the canyon of her palm
scattering the refuse across her desk
like a thin curl of pencil shavings

That the skin can come off
with just a thumbnail is a puzzle
it is all that connects the insides
these muscles, bones, veins--
the very center the very heart
could tumble onto the floor
if this gauze disappears

One more layer and there will be
a prick of blood waiting, she convinces herself
this will be her smoky red earth
her something strong her something
good this will be her root
she digs like a child looking for China

there's not one scarlet drop

All this fragility
this is all we have


Blogger twitches said...

Wow, kinda, ew, but still, very evocative and effective. I think this is one of the best you've written.

1:22 PM  
Anonymous Dick Jones said...

Although we never get deeper than the epidermis, this is a wonderful evisceration of a self in search of substance. Powerful stuff.

9:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good poem. A little unsettling. But good.

Hope you had a nice Thanksgiving.

2:54 PM  

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