Under skin

A forgetful optimist questions
everything, hoping that the future
will provide an encouraging answer
his brain refuses to surface.

What memories linger, hidden
under a skull and time-worn skin,
lost among dreams
he neglected too long, too long

until skin dries and withers —
black and white photos become sepia
become something unrecognizable
even to those we love.

The optimist knows the sun will rise
tomorrow, even as the irony of
light shining on a mind gone dark
flies over his head, skin and all.

© 2021 | Phillip Knight Scott


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Skulls – Image by KL Caley

Published by Phillip Knight Scott

My name is Phillip. I am a Tar Heel born and bred and watch every Yankees game I can. I'm still searching for my own TARDIS. My first novel, "The Alien in the Backseat," is available now! https://amzn.to/3oVCG77

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