Thick Skin: A Poem

Thick Skin: A Poem

"Thick Skin"

for Lent this year i’ve decided to toughen up.
i’m giving up my delicacy to learn how to be strong, 
like i was once sketched. 

forty days of fuck yous and
deciding i shall only take your
shit in tea spoons.

farewell to my fool’s flask. 
i used to drink down anything and everything-- 
pretending it was sweet. a bluff, but
for the next six weeks
i am to handle life in calculations and proportions
that i choose: a shot of mercy. a pint of grace. 

toughening up is a lot like the first bloom in february:  
seen but small. real but reluctant. 
i am learning to push through the ice, 
in order to grow. 

this Lent,
with being tough on others,
i’m finally learning
how to be kind to me. 

[Photo by Julie Bloom.] 


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