Sunday, October 16, 2016

Thin Skin

Mummies shrivel
in the branches and wrinkle
like crones, a slough away
from the meat -

beneath the tree
fallen fruit and leaves rot

stench and incense
on the thin skin
of October.

For Magaly's prompt at Real Toads.  Also submitted to Poetry Pantry.

20 comments:

Susan said...

The notion of a month/season having a skin opens my imagination. I hope October has memories to help her deal with the inevitable wrinklng and rotting.

Sherry Blue Sky said...

This is October, for sure. Wonderful Writing!

brudberg said...

Yes October is thin-skinned... by november it's thickened with scars.

Magaly Guerrero said...

Peeling its skin, to be naked for the winter... What a hearty month, that October. And creepy, too. Love it!

Brother Ollie said...

yes - I dig this one! Cool theme indeed.

Jae Rose said...

The thin skin of October is a magnificent line - like a leaf crisp and skeletal

Sanaa Rizvi said...

My God this is good ❤️ Especially love "beneath the tree fallen fruit and leaves rot." Beautifully done.


Lots of love,
Sanaa

Stacie Eirich said...

Ooo as if October is stripping down to her bare bones...or being stripped, opened for when November & the cold, & Winter come. Chilly & beautiful at the same time. Thanks for sharing.

Sioux said...

The perfect poem for the beginning of this new season.

Loredana Donovan said...

Perfect for Halloween! Spooky! :)

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Truedessa said...

October thin skinned indeed, it also a time when the veil is thinnest.

Mary said...

Though thin-skinned, October definitely has a lot of personality!

rhymeswithbug.com said...

Yes! 'Tis is October for sure.

R.K. Garon said...

Geesh...well written, but,it was a morbid translation of Autumn's colorful transition from summer to winter. Or i might have mis-understood.
ZQ

Kerry O'Connor said...

This is such a cool, atmospheric piece.

Debi Swim said...

I do like the thought of her being thin skinned.... nicely creepy

Fireblossom said...

Mummies aren't wrapped too tight, or so I have heard.

satyapriya said...

So many delicious, ominous word choices in this poem, building to a crescendo of 'uh oh, winter is coming'.

Rosemary Nissen-Wade said...

Interesting perception!

Susie Clevenger said...

October seems to be a nature chapel...I don't she does any repenting. :)