Body Confidence

Slim and slick, 
as stick of cinnamon.
Like segmented silk, 
your scales slip off
in shimmering shuck.

I discover your skin 
in skeins of grasses
silver and slinky and 
flimsy as fuss.
I see you slither so stately, 

strangely un-shamed 
by your undressed state.
Smooth disclosure
of sensuous sides
is simply standard snakelore.

How I aspire to your 
serpentine sagacity,
your seasonal style, 
your instinctual stirring,
Sliding surely from 

old skinโ€™s sack. 
Do you not suffer sorrow 
for its severance?
No nostalgia,
no niggling doubt?

Written for dVerse – Kim’s prompt – The print the whales make

20 thoughts on “Body Confidence

  1. Snakes are beautiful creatures that many fear, but I love the way they move and feel. The title is truly fitting, as is the shape of your poem. I enjoyed the metaphor of shed skin and great use of snaky sibilance throughout! These lines stand out for me:
    โ€˜I see you slither so stately,
    strangely un-shamed
    by your undressed state’
    and
    โ€˜How I aspire to your
    serpentine sagacity,
    your seasonal style,
    your instinctual stirring,โ€™

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