CHRYSALIS OF SKIN AND BONE

CHRYSALIS OF SKIN AND BONE
Aaron Johnston

The lining cracked
Just where it clung to the wall and the beam
          Quiet
Like a great fault line bending to the plates below
          Ferocity
          Elegance
A smile now forming across the breadth of the cell
          A child asked to reveal a secret
A leg, burlesque by all accounts.
          emerged
First steps to test the temperature of the water in early May
Then on all 100 legs like she did as a child

Catching her reflection in the dew
          goose bumps
          She admired her colors
          Her new soul
She mourned for her old self
She wished that she had been born
          with
          wings.

©2012 This work is the property of the author.

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Posted on April 12, 2012, in Aaron Johnston, POETRY and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. It’s been a while since MM has published one of Aaron’s poems, but he’s sent in two new ones. This is the first.

    I recommend reading his poem, “she collects broken things”, which is one of the most read poems on MM.

    https://misfitsmiscellany.wordpress.com/2012/02/01/she-collects-broken-things/

  2. This is me, my sad self, happy to be free from an abusive relation and fit mentally and physically for the first time in my life…I want to put this poem on my dressing table and stop regretting me of the past and open my eyes to today. Cheers.

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