Pale Mellow

Skin, this papyrus of years,

curls and flakes and flames.

We fire it out of boiling ovens,

we kindle the residue of meaning.

Kenning smells sweeter than lime,

more bitter than apple. These fruits,

once succulent, dry their tears

and suck mercilessly – coyotes

defending their little stamp of land.

Their bark is pale mellow,

distinct in sunset. Their cry

whispers like a shiver. It will

turn my skin cold; it will be the final heat.

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