Everything Revealed

Like a cadaver,
I lie cold and still
as my layers
slowly strip away.

With each written word,
my cocoon is cut away
leaving me naked
and vulnerable.

First, my skin
is peeled back
revealing a cache
of hidden words.

My muscular system
is then dissected
making my stanzas


rules and punctuation

are then lost

as my skeletal system

is dislodged

finally my nervous system

lies absent all its layers

revealing the hidden

inner truth of my being

but i am not dead

and i am not alone

instead i write on

with everything revealed


13 thoughts on “Everything Revealed

  1. I tend to use the same sort of thing for reviewing, dissecting the ideas, words, feelings. It seems as the writer lays his or herself bare, then the reviewer does so equally with alternate insight.

  2. Much appreciated, Ste J. That was exactly the comment that I needed to read. I feel as though I’ve been stuck in Purgatory for much of this year. I suppose the time has come for me to realize that Purgatory doesn’t even exist; hence, it is impossible for me to have ever been stuck there. No, I was not, and am not, stuck. I just need to be reminded from time to time. Thank you for that.

  3. This is an interesting poem that draws an allegorical parallel between the creative act of revealing our inner self and the physical act of bodily dissection. By drawing this parallel, this poem emphasises how confronting and painful it can be to reveal our inner selves to the outer world through writing.

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