Epidermis

skinhead
NY Daily News, 5/31/18


skinhead:
shrink-wrapped in pink tissue,
shorthand for fear

epidermis: a nonsensitive layer of skin
covering the true skin, or corium;
or the outermost living layer of an animal 

a layer so thin it flakes like filo 
when touched even lightly
by veracity

corium: true skin,
the sheathing of ordinary saints,

a tougher, deeper covering than that
enveloping the shrunken skulls of
those who graffiti grave stones 
with swastikas

Jim Culleny
5/31/18