Poetry course day 3: Skin, Prose Poetry, Internal Rhyme


10/7/15 #writing201 Assignment #3: Poetry course day 3: Skin, Prose Poetry, Internal Rhyme

Dermal Connections
Skin defines us and separate us. Gradations indicate graduation rates and whether neighborhoods have gates or walls of hate designed to bait those whose traits designate them into the lower substrates of our world. But it doesn’t have to be.

Life marks our skin with freckles and moles, oil slicks and zits, wrinkles and folds, and direct hits from the fist, the belt, the shoe, the switch. Veins form beneath the surface, a map of the heart’s purpose. Hair grows, or not, by choice or without, downy and soft, kinky wires or straight, curly, thin, thick. Rainbow hues separate rebellious youth who dare to be different. But we wrinkled kin know it doesn’t. How do you think wrinkles begin?

Skin is history, geography, society, community. Cut sharply skin bleeds. Battles spill and mix our blood as it seeps into Mother Earth. The dust settles. We find that peace and love know no hue. Opposites attract and blend and demand new definitions of beauty, sensibility and posterity. Get beneath someone’s skin to learn who dwells within.

Author: lavagal

Hawaii Kai wife and mom. Melanoma Stage 3a Cancer is my new opponent. Writer, super sub teacher, triathlete, awesome cook, ocean girl with head-to-toe sun protection.

6 thoughts on “Poetry course day 3: Skin, Prose Poetry, Internal Rhyme”

  1. I got tech support to help me with this.

    Perturbed about the ads that adulterate my blog. Guess I’ll have to find out why I am paying for a blog that gets ads stuck on it that don’t yield any income for me.

  2. 🙂 This posting spoke to me.

    Ever changing.
    My skin.
    Not as smooth.
    Not as soft.

    Wrinkles & lines.
    Longer to heal.
    Older.
    But still alive and able to feel.

  3. This is a broad stroke of your poetic pen!! Love it! The only way I know to get these to show up on the forum is to copy and paste from address bar. Then that takes your reader right to the post! Good luck If you need help with copy/paste let me know and I can try. I’m not that great though!

  4. ah…..getting beneath someone’s skin……excellent line here and so apropo for the WP assignment. Just found your blog…..meandering is an added benefit of this WP 201…..so happy to meet you over my morning cup of coffee.
    PS: this Boston transplant (moved from midwest in ’97) has been to the Big Island three times: hiked across the caldera in Volcano National Park, shivered and marvled at the clear air with eye popping stars at the top of Mauna Kea (I think that’s the one?) and took an amazing lava walk with the walk back at dusk into dark so the glowing red was fabulous. And, most enjoyable, swam every time with the turtles, right by the house we stayed at……an amazing place! Just thought I’d introduce myself and say….I truly understand how people can get under your skin….and a place of beauty like Hawaii.

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