Rip, rip, rip

your skin, blood and bones.

Be naked for once,

it sucks I know, to

shed these layers.

But when you know you must

and a time as such will come

it always does,

do it.

Do it because it may

not come back ever, and

you will not know

the one thing that you must.

And it will be the thing

that you have always been seeking.

It will be the poison at the base of your identity.

It will be the stench you wake up to every morning.

It will be the only thing that will ever

be worth knowing.

But like me, don’t do it when you’re drunk

don’t do it when you’re high,

don’t do it when you are out in your porch

at 3AM on a cold Maine winter night

chain smoking cigars thinking

“I don’t have the balls to kill myself swiftly

So I will do it 10gms of smoke at a time.”

Don’t do it then, because

it will be easy.

If and when you do it,

you will stop to question, to doubt

to frame reasons, contradictions, falsehoods;

and the more of these you find, the

closer you are to the nude.

Perhaps, when you see it

you will hate it.

But at least, you will know.

Rip, rip, rip

your skin, blood and bones.

Rip your pretenses,

and I mean it.

Rip your charming niceness,

and I mean it.

Oh! It will be hard, I know it.

But,

you

must.

Rip, rip, rip

your skin, blood and bones.

You will find there hidden the one secret

that otherwise you will always seek –

You will seek it in friends,

You will seek it in family,

You will seek it in liquor

You will seek it in drugs

You will seek it in love

You will seek it in sex

You will seek it until

It kills you, or you it –

and then it will all be in vain.

So, start now, if you know what I am talking about

and I know you know.

Rip, rip, rip

your skin, blood and bones.

Go in and grab

who you are.

Then decide if you want to

let it

Live, or

Die.

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