My Old Skin by Wanda Morrow Clevenger

I really don’t think it’s me.
Even though I know it’s me.
Who can’t get past the past.
Can’t crawl over the last hurdle
and into my former skin
the way everyone thinks
I should
—by now.
It’s a disease
or symptom
of a disease.
An acronym.
It’s a prison
of pain
of grief
of flashes of
unending grief
induced flashes
circling the drain
but never empting
the sink.
It’s going through
the motions.
It’s one good flash
in a thousand.
A dry hump
at the kitchen skin.
Me, remembering
my old skin.

Wanda Morrow Clevenger
Wanda Morrow Clevenger is a Carlinville, IL native. Over 365 pieces of her work appear in 131 print and electronic publications. Her debut book This Same Small Town in Each of Us released in October of 2011. She is currently polishing a full-length poetry manuscript.
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