Saturday, May 28, 2016

Mikaela Castledine #149 Skin


It is the border of what is out
and the beginning of what is in
with little holes
for airing and seepage
like arrow slits
narrowing embrasures
in the integument for protection
and discharge

There is
a general holding together
of our vitals against spillage
since it is proximity that has
a community of organs
work their separate harmonies together
skin encloses a village
within a palisade
it is safety and confinement both

Skin pierced cut opened
we cry out
not just in pain
but with dismay
at what the breaching
of our battlements might mean
hot infections
blood depletion
sundering of muscle meat
wounding weep

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