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Lexington Poetry Month
My skin
article by
Alexis Tipton

My skin
Mine and mine alone 
Mine to puncture 
To ink
To mutilate
To exfoliate 
To nourish 
My skin
Not yours 
To claim
To abuse
To love 
My skin 
Hides my soul
Protects it 
Accepts the beatings and compliments 
The self hatred 
My skin 
Strong as feathers 
Weak as nails 

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