Thin Skin

from by Rae Sterling

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Open my book and write on my pages
I'll just absorb your graffiti in stages
First every line of your pen made with ink
Then every word that you wrote me to think
I'll swallow them whole as they sink to my binding
I'm harder to rewrite you are finding, you are finding

Let anyone in, there's no lock on my door
Walk straight through my gates, come and traipse on my floor
The windows are open to day and to night
Welcoming strangeness, both darkness and light
But watch what you leave in the shadows and nooks
The thing that you brought will outlive what you took, what you took

Don't tell her to toughen up
Don't tell her "tough it out" again
Break down the armor
All things can harm her
But all within, go on through her thin skin

Your bullets and needles can pass right on through
Let blood flow outside and my bones come unglued
My muscles and skin will stretch over the wounds
Though what they hide from your view is in ruins
The pain that I feel is but nothing to me
Than what it can do after you set it free, set it free

Don't tell her to toughen up
Don't tell her "tough it out" again
Break down the armor
All things can harm her
But all within, go on through her thin skin

Though my body's full of holes
There's no direction to the flows
What was inside comes out again
What is left, I'll take it in
Walls may be easier to make
But walls like that are hard to break
So I will choose the lesser sin
Keep my wall up, paper-thin

Break down the armor
All things can harm her
But all within, go on, go on through her thin skin
Break down the armor
All things can harm her
But all within, go on through her thin skin

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from Purple, released July 1, 2013

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