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The Layers Fall

September 6, 2010
By marinashutup GOLD, Fair Oaks, California
marinashutup GOLD, Fair Oaks, California
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Favorite Quote:
"Isn't life a series of images that change as they repeat themselves?" -Andy Warhol

Yellow paper crumbles fast
Peeling bits off from the wall
Rip away my wrinkled skin
Watching pieces as they fall

Digging deeper through the glue
Tear away the years we’ve worn
Might we come to the conclusion
That everything is torn

Once we get to the old paint
That is chipped and peeling still
The layers fall away
From the dermis that they kill

With every coat that flakes away
Our proof becoming clear
That there is more within each layer
Than ever will appear

Once we reach a certain point
The layers, they do not peel
They flake and clump together
To protect what we conceal

Strip away our clever pretense
And all that we have known
Because behind it hides the humans
Standing naked and alone

When we reach the final layer
Delving deeper than before
Behind the naked wall
Is cement and nothing more

We’ve stripped away humanity
And watched the shallow pieces fall
The wallpaper once familiar
Isn’t so familiar after all

The author's comments:
Inspired by stripping away wallpaper.

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