Writing by Hannah Burns. Illustration by Lucy Copeland-Tucker.
New flaps of skin form and fold over each
creating new thicknesses to our outer shell
padding, hardening, protecting yet also
making the distance greater.
Our soft original self, all naïve and tender like
the velvety underbelly of a small animal becomes
by the scales which grow with time, with experience and with words.
An evolution necessary yet grotesque
Striking the balance between vulnerability and guarding
Ever-moving, ever-morphing, ever-murmuring,
New flaps of skin form and fold over