Original Skin

No one expects to emerge from

their original skin unscathed.  

There’s the itch and pull

of old scars to contend with,


the urge to indulge in a series of craven farewells.

One stern look in the mirror,

should fix that: wrinkles at the knees,

tightness around the chest.


Make a pact with yourself,

cherish this chance to ditch it,

give yourself a brisk rub down

with a rough towel: Get a grip.



© Genista Lewes     from ‘Cat’s Cradle’