Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Yearning to Shed My Skin . . .

Shedding My Skin

I’ve kicked the habit
Shed my skin . . .”
~ Peter Gabriel So

Sometimes when I write, I shed my skin, exposing what’s beneath. It often feels too raw, too new—this fresh skin that’s not quite accustomed to the light and the elements of life around me. I feel too vulnerable, too transparent, so I rush to cover it with other words, with humor, with an opaque cloak.

That opaque cloak, even though it might mimic a safe environment, voids the transparency with which I want to greet the world, with which I want to meet life—head-on, open, clear, innocent, trusting, ready to shed yet another skin, another layer, to feel life and all its elements.

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