One day, you'll shed it
off like a snakeskin.

Thin and transparent
with ruby-shaped
ripples and grapefruit
inside diamonds.

Chipping like old
parking lot-paint,
HANDICAPPED blue,
LOADING ZONE white.

Laid out on
a rock like a shadow
stretched languidly
in the shifting of
the sun.

One day, you'll shed it
off like a snakeskin,
just not today.