Thursday 13 September 2018


In the Middle Ages they used wine-
I’d be up for that-
Doused, sated, soaked
Then let the shedding begin.

In Latin it means
To strip off leaves-
It happens naturally to us
Every day, anyway.

But to speed up renewal
Crush almond shells 
and administer to the flesh 
with finger nails.

Then stand in the sun
Where its crepuscular rays
Reflecting skin cells
Scatter light beams.

Like a Monstrance held high
In Exposition or Benediction
Pouring its blessings
Exfoliating you.

Copyright with Cathy Leonard 2018

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