In His Skin
Pop strips his summer shirt;
tropical summer never suits him.
he removes his skin as well;
spreads it on the clothesline.
She wears the skin in his absence.
It fits her well some days;
some days she sinks inside the skin
and it hides her-
an expanding shadow, a basement away from the family.
She wants the hold of the skin,
building a wheelchair ramp or axing the fallen limbs.
Pop does them all.
Summer comes down with a storm
stealing everything off the clothesline.
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