Peel It Off

A boy with a horrible name
which he might have deserved
had a l(ord)ion tell him that to get better
it would hurt but he had to peel it off.

Layer by layer.

Peel off the scales of greed
of vanity
jealousy
temper

Peel it off

And rise again from the water
still broken and frail
still starving and pale

Peel it off.

Don’t you wish you could peel it off?
Peel off yesterday’s angry words
and make them sink into a pool of forgetting?
Peel off age-old, unforgiven hurts
and drop them into burning redemption?

Nobody wants to be a dragon with a hurting wrist.

About jaredgarrett

Jared Garrett is the author of Beat, a YA scifi thriller, and its forthcoming sequel, both published by Future House Publishing. A new series, debuting in January 2016 and also published by Future House, kicks off with Lakhoni, a fast-paced rescue adventure in a world reminiscent of Aztec culture, to be released in January 2016. He self-published Beyond the Cabin, a novelization of his childhood in a cult, in December 2014. Both Beat and Beyond the Cabin were Whitney Award nominees, and his story Song of the Wind, received honorable mention in the Writers of the Future contest. In addition to writing, he's spent fifteen years in adult education and is an accomplished public speaker and workshop leader.
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