Skin is Core

Skin is Core

Soap dissolves molecule

by molecule, runnels toward


the drain and disappearance.

The skin is core, outer the inner,


so only the shrinking,

—rounding, slipping form—


tells the age and use in water’s

cascade over body,


as it strips itself of perfumed

lye and fat rendered in most


from old flesh that loses in discrete

layers, hide to muscle to


bone and, as dross, will never take

the cleansing it yields to those


under the tap whose cells slough

to current washing all away