Burn (2014)


A pastiche inspired by Sylvia Plath’s Cut


What a thrill --- 

Lobster pink instead of bronzed tan.

Skin quite stiff

Except for a milky


Frothy white,

Protected by scraps of cloth,

“Beach wear.”

Crusty epidermis.


The Pink Barbie

Can’t stand the sand.

Greasy oils,



Sun, the perfect

Formula --- bubbling

Skin, hot

to touch


The silky coast.

The stiffened 

crust ---

Not so much.


Aspirations turn to 


The laughingstock of

The Seaside.


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