New Skin

Salvador Dali woman with a head of roses.jpg

‘New Skin’

You are burning

into something new --

shedding skin,

losing the shape

of what you were,

your mind evaporated.

Fear stands in the distance,


Stay steadfast.

Heed the words

from your deep inner well.

The phoenix that births

from this endless desert

of searing sand and madness

will take you

into the cool, clear beyond.

Art by Salvadore Dali, “Woman With a Head of Roses.”

Jessica Wilbert