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 skin’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:
    β€˜I see you slither so stately,
    strangely un-shamed
    by your undressed state’
    and
    β€˜How I aspire to your
    serpentine sagacity,
    your seasonal style,
    your instinctual stirring,’

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