Sunburn

You still smart
under my skin
like sunburn

too sore to soothe
with creams or patience.

There is too much you
beneath this skin,

building cities of yourself
like a cancer inside me,

populating my body
with longing.

Filling me with regret.

© Keighley Perkins

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About handshedown

Keighley Perkins is a Cardiff-based poet whose influences include Anis Mojgani, Selima Hill and Richard Brautigan. Her work has previously been published in "Acumen", "Elbow Room", "Erbacce", "Fire", "Northwind" and "Obsessed with Pipework". She can also be found online on Twitter at @handshedown. View all posts by handshedown

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