Upon Naked Skin by Arabella Salaverry

Upon naked skin I write.

Upon the ardent expanse

which covers me

and accompanies me

throughout life’s journeys.

Upon my pores

a pleat

a portrait of abrasions.

Upon the gashes

outlines of

a filigree of scars.

Upon this silent collapse

which sometimes reacts to


Oh, the wail!

which in other women invokes


Upon this skin

which at times holds me back

but also becomes unsuitable.

Upon this skin which might as well be a shroud.

Upon this skin of fire and frost.

Upon this skin

my skin

I write.

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