Ecdysis

by krstaten

I’ve decided to start pushing myself to post my little freewrites more often. Here’s one from a couple weeks ago:

***

If a snake sheds its skin too many times in a row
to get rid of an incessant itch
will it accidentally strip down to muscle?

I have peeled off and slithered out of too many layers.
The blood is showing, veins bulging
in the last layer of pink-red flesh.

I am barely contained inside myself
and like an overripe fruit, I fear
that if I fall too quickly, too hard, I will burst.

Still I try to pull and tug this last skin
to escape the unbearable discomfort
of possibility.
***

Critique/feedback is, as always, appreciated.

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