An Old Skin

A reflex to look backwards,

just to be sure it's not still trailing,

it's not catching up on me.

Me: it's betrayer.

An old skin,

worn and peeling.

I run my hands over myself

I reassure myself at least three times a day

that it hasn't made it's way

back there, behind my eyes,

an old, dead self.

Young and dying. 

Brittle skin,

hard enough to crack, 

I watch out for the slow hardening,

the scales appearing.

Soften to myself,

flesh too soft to break,

but stretch and train its shape. 

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