This Skin Scaffold by Paul Brookes

This Skin Scaffold

supports flimsy bone.
Hard skin holds up
this soft skeleton,

protects muscle beat,
liver work, kidney punch,
stomach gripe, elastic sinew.

Weak calcium needs
a skin shield.

Skin frames scare come Halloween.

Paul BrookesPaul Brookes was poetry performer with “Rats for Love” and his work included in “Rats for Love: The Book”, Bristol Broadsides, 1990. His first chapbook was “The Fabulous Invention Of Barnsley”, Dearne Community Arts, 1993. He has read his work on BBC Radio Bristol and had a creative writing workshop for sixth formers broadcast on BBC Radio Five Live. Recently published in “I Am Not A Silent Poet”, “The Beatnik Cowboy”, “Clear Poetry”, “Red Fez”. Much more about Paul Brookes can be found via his web site by clicking here…

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