Poetry

Taya Fan

Within Our Skin

Look at us,
All of us walking around,
hiding the same wounds
and each thinking we are the only one.
We will only know,
when one of us
is brave enough to shed the layers.
Layers of dust and fabric
Layers of weight and years.
Who is brave enough to walk the streets
unearthed, uncovered?
At first others will stare- they will.
And some might shout
and try to scare you
back into hiding,
but others will begin to disrobe as well.
What a sad surprise to see how battered
we all were by stories and stones.
Come closer to each other so we can really see each other.
Come closer to me and
look at how the laceration
across your heart
is the twin of my own.
The wounds I gave myself
are a mirror of your scars.
Your gaze upon my wounds
is a balm that heals them
My hand on your scars
bring new life to where
there was only death.
Look at us all
so battered
and so whole
once we shed the layers
and let our souls sit again
within our skin.

-Taya

About the Author

TayaTaya Malakian is a poet, an artist, a yogini, a mother, and a minister/spiritual advisor. She strives to bring deep wisdom, ceremony and soulfulness into every aspect of daily life. She lives in Nevada City, Ca.View all posts by Taya →