Take off my clothes
My fingers, my nails
The skin off my arms and legs

Rip the lids off my eyes
The hollow in my cheeks
The gums in between my teeth

Claw the meat off my neck
Gouge out the muscles, the veins
Squeeze the life out of my brain

Strip me of who I am
Strip me of who I need to be
Strip me of who the world needs me to be

Leave me naked
upon the scheme of the universe

Take the world out of me
Let me be free

–Β “Strip” — for Gianni.

LL.

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