Flayed Skin Sistine, Amanda Gaye Smith

Urban-15-P1020367Hope, 12X22, watercolor, Gary Buhler


Flayed Skin Sistine

Here the casing is held, not in punishment,
but as evidence of “shed”. In the way a Rat-snake
splits at the jaw to unwind around  low cactus thorns
and bend its two black bulbs free, alive
from under the milk opal eye-skins.

Repeat in oil-stung brow mantra:
A healthy snake peels at every scale joint.
A healthy snake escapes an inverted whole,
tongue to tail tip.

Amanda Gaye Smith

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