Forgotten Skin


Artist: Nod Ghosh
Image used with permission

He carries acres of skin,

a decadent petticoat, wrapped

around his identity.


He finds a portion

untouched since

the beginning of memories.


A foreign pellicle,

symbiotic lesion,

that forges a crossing through

Lethean shorelines.


He travels to unknown

territory, unravels keratin spirals

bounded by

an integumental sea.


He feels its smoothness,


in doughy caress.


He enters the fourth room

of a three roomed house,

licks himself clean,

like an atheist in heaven.


Copyright © 2015 (Nod Ghosh)

When the meat and veg of life are difficult to chew, Nod Ghosh finds sanctuary in a gravy of words. Forgotten Skin examines the urge to self-mutilate, while Sailfins relates to when a person chooses death over life.