Academic journal article Social Alternatives

The Lining of Your Skin

Academic journal article Social Alternatives

The Lining of Your Skin

Article excerpt

"As if you were on fire from within. The moon lives in the lining of your skin". - Pablo Neruda

A surge of breath falls back into the wind, your hands poised and preparing dawn,

you release light into the day, the aerial smoke's dissolve all around the body.

the still flow of grasses below the sky's ceiling follows a greying mist on charcoal paddocks.

through it no images enter my eyes but your figure readied in the pull of morning.

when I first met you, my flesh marred by decay and the turmoil you loved,

the strength of your gaze, innocent in its confusion and chaotic law

drove me forward, no emptiness allowing abandonment in a future we felt preparing.

I continued to return to you, finding your hesitation and mine in the danger

of a consuming desire, the panicking wind breaking against your face as memory,

and a lull in a truth we felt tracing our breath.

these ambitious tides submerging in the basin of the dams, your voice

softly rolling along the earth. …

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