The Crystal Palace
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The Crystal Palace

An Act of Keeping

A Poem

The flakes of skin that fall around me
don’t look appetizing
and yet
I lick my finger,
touch them,
feel them stick,
bring them up to my mouth
roll them around on my tongue
like I might reclaim a piece of myself
forever shedding to the hands of time.

Let me keep myself a little longer.



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Slaidey Valheim

A writer of brutally honest non-fiction and gritty short stories. Editor of Crumpled Paper Press, Bits & Bones and Acidic Ink Publication! Tip on her Ko-fi!