Ageing skin hangs slightly loose

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    black-white photos show light and shade,
    to stroke such skin, flawless and smoothe,
    i could kiss that firm flesh, carefully-made,
    if I could dance, stiff limbs would move.

    why not post pictures of yourself instead?
    are you self-concsious, spotty, eyes puffy?
    don’t you look sexy un-burnished in bed?
    not photoshop sleek, perhaps a bit scruffy?

    i’m skew-ways, over my wanted-weight,
    hair half-grey, ageing skin slightly loose;
    foolish the fish tempted by tasteless bait:
    introverted, bookish, a sometime-recluse.

    we all fall for ideal, so willingly fooled,
    only snatches seen, long lost the garden;
    sin stains souls, bodies wrong-schooled:
    hunger fully satiated, God’s sure pardon.



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