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My body’s blemishes are

buried deep and hidden

in its crevices.

No stranger sees them, but

if a lover were to survey me—

and I hope for an


nighttime consort—

they would find them:

a warped birthmark

on my left thigh, pimples

on my back, a mole,

irritated, oozing,

on my left shoulder—

my body’s pressures

all pressed out

as somatic


By Chandler Wakefield


Vitality: A Portrait Series

Vitality: A Portrait Series