Onion skins

For those unfamiliar with Australian Rock ‘n Roll, in the 1980s we had a thriving local music scene. There were lots of locally grown stars (as well as those adopted from over the ditch…from New Zealand). One song that sticks in my mind is “Onion Skin” by Boom Crash Opera, in which the notion of people being made up of layers is explored. You can find out more here: https://boomcrashopera.com/

Below is a short poem I wrote, maybe with that song rattling around in my sub-conscious.


We are constructed in layers 

Levels both disparate 

And simultaneous 

Some are hidden even to ourselves: deep, dark, unknown 

And others are pure in their superficiality 

As temporary as happiness and as fragile as time 

The longer we dwell in any one layer 

The more we distort the others as we forget and regret 

We can peel back only so far until delicate flesh hardens and  

becomes unresponsive to the touch. 

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