Prose & Poetry

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The Temperature of Skin

The Temperature of Skin

there is a wisp of skin around your body
providing the beautiful sense of touch
networks of nerves
 
it is self-regulating
provides climate control
heals itself against scrapes and wounds
this narrow band of cell structure,
a magic coat of arms and legs
and torso and head
 
you can dive through ice water
walk on hot burning coals
be poked, prodded, punched
be stretched, irradiated, pierced, tattooed, burnt, branded
 
up to a point
 
 
there is a wisp of atmosphere around your planet
up to a point

torrid torrid, tori amos

torrid torrid, tori amos

Singapore, with beach glass

Singapore, with beach glass