shedding

Submerged in salted water,

Drawn from the sea and from

The tears of the lonely night,

I cast an eye over my body,

Prodding my betraying breasts and stomach;

My shell.

My cage.

I drag a ragged nail across

My grainy thigh, reaping the dead,

Then I dig in all five claws,

Furious, no, desperate to shed

These disused cells collected over time

By a hoarder who has nothing but

Must show for something.

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