Sentenced: Skinned into life

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As we near one of the ‘thin places’ in the calendar year– All Soul’s Day, All Hallow’s E’en, and yes, even the Day of the Dead, those who have gone before are working with me even harder than usual to make contact and to teach me through my thick skin.

Being an initiate

to the wisdom years

humbled and open

living with boundaries

but without limits.

My grandmother’s skin*

is my talisman

door to the mysteries

alive and vulnerable

now incapable of ever being harmed.

Inside me that skin now breathes into life

what seemed to be outside.

Ancestral love flows through my veins

teaching me sacrifice, sacredness and hope

stronger with each passing season

an amulet of love.


Click on the photo for lyrics to ‘My Grandmother’s Hands’

*Consider reading this story of my grandmother’s near death experience to make some sense out of this poem! Basically she said that Jesus (her spiritual guide) is actually closer than our own skin. Pretty mystical words from this pragmatic centenarian…

Submitted for One Single Impression prompt: talisman. Thanks to Joseph Harker of Naming Constellations for hosting this week’s prompt. Visit OSI for a smorgasbord of impressions about each week’s prompt…this one about talismans!

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