Turning Inside Out

my skin is stained by your lips
stained red, stained wine, crushed grapes
delicious between your white teeth.
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my skin is blue from your touch so cold,
so hot within ice cold choice austere,
your love so cold it’s hot
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my skin is purple, it’s smeared
with your tough tenderness, your fingers
painting in loops and whorls
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and I, tattooed by your love
and thinking it done, it forever
indelible fait accompli…
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But it washed off in the rain
of days, of years, of lifetimes
until I was white as snow

*as if untouched*
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So I turn myself inside out
and I wear my soul for my skin
and I’m stained always and again
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by your lips
by your words
by your touch

*by you*
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