jenine marsh

   The cut flower still blooms, 2015

Photos by Yuula Benivolski

the vestigial body
heavily rooted
gives up its skin
to the paring knife
the corpse falls dead
but the skin hangs on air
naked as a worm
nakeder, even
this disembodied body
is skin as skin
surface as surface
nothing besides
or behind

this isn’t horror but sci-fi
set in the not-too-distant future
when bodies seem less to
triumph over simian has-beens than to
reach for a humanoid body-to-be

just as a cut flower still blooms
the flayed skin shivers yet