Last winter when it still hurt to breathe, cold
snapped like a muscle out of shape trying
to do something it can’t, the drywall told
the house it had enough. It was crying
for help that never came. After the thaw,
the drywall dissolved under paint, puffed up,
ballooned, stretched, cracked, and crumbled. Now, worn raw,
the same thing happens to my legs, roughed up,
worked loose from the skin in. Epithelium
fluff and flake, lamina swell and flower
with unusual colors (blush, mauve, medium
plum, faint slate, deep mulberry) counting hours
through barely visible shifts. Hands flicker
over skin, fingers shimmering with glitter.

2 responses to “Eroding

  1. Very strong imagery – comparing skin to drill wall aging and deteriorating. I always pray for better days in the future.

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