Writing 201: Poetry #3 – Skin

Those familiar longing pangs, felt in the gut, the heart, rattling the bars. The body’s wants physical, tangible, pulling. An itch that must be scratched.  The devil’s dance.

I find a quiet corner, the better to savour the warmth of ritual, the tap-tap foreplay, all anticipation.

Sharp scratch. The needle. The skin. The darkness slips in.




This was written for day 3 of Writing 201: Poetry, using the prompts of skin/ prose poetry/ internal rhyme. This is well beyond my comfort zone, so any feedback welcome 🙂


29 thoughts on “Writing 201: Poetry #3 – Skin

  1. very expressive, one can almost feel the point of the needle
    good work. I know what you mean about being out of your comfort zone…I read the instructions for the days poem and say “huh?” and then just jump in and write something…even if its bad. 🙂

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  2. Wow! Well Al, I think you should write out of your comfort zone more often! This is thought provoking, dark, the “devil’s dance” indeed. And you’ve added sounds to the visual: tap tap, rattling, sibilant “sharp scratch”. Excellent! You’ve described this person…..and the act……and the feeling.
    Looking forward to seeing more of your work in Writing 201!
    Interesting that we both wrote a “character study” of sorts with this prose assignment.

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