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Skin and Bones

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Lift your roots from the soil,
all you need are branches,
all you need is a backbone.
One thousand pieces linked together,
with muscle and tissue,
with bark and sap,
with words and numbers,
Literature and math.

All you need are your barebones,
206 pieces of marrow and calcium,
206 hollow sticks and twigs,
Branching from your backbone,
Your spinal cord,
Your telephone cord,
Your lifeline,
Your flimsy spine will grow
Into a backbone.

Escape from civilization,
All you need are the leaves,
All you need are the trees,
all you see are the beasts
That tame themselves in the wilderness,
We set them free in captivity,
And they're rabid.
We steal their innocence,
we cage their contemplative minds
and teach them food and time
we take their reason and rhyme,
They're only animals.

Mammals;
Walking on two feet,
crying with two eyes,
Falling on two knees,
Redemption can come and go.
Hollow out your empty hole,
Swallow till you can take no more,
Develop a backbone.

Don't fear paralysis;
just don't lose your balances,
and checks and numbers.
Your wallet is your world
You're punching in at 9 on the dot,
You're punching out when there aren't numbers on the clock,
The naked clock cries on the wall,
Wakeup, god damnit, leave your home,
Take yourself to a new place,
Grow a backbone,
Leave your empty, faceless home.

Good morning backbone.





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jillianinflesh This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Apr. 18, 2011 at 12:52 pm
I love this!
 
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