remove my skin
it’s superficial anyways
what you see
isn’t always what you get
when i don’t know you
well maybe
it depends on you

what’s inside
is what i decide
to share
you’ll need
to have earned
the privilege
of getting
to know me

… many won’t because all i see of you is what’s on the outside

Susi Bocks has self-published two books – Feeling Human and Every Day I Pause. Currently, she is an Associate Editor at the virtual coffee shop – Fictional Café. You can find her work at or follow on Facebook, where she invites you to read her thoughts and get to know her. Bocks had some of her work previously published at Scarlet Leaf Review, VitaBrevis, Spillwords, Literary Yard, as well as other literary magazines.


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15 thoughts on “Layers

  1. Sometimes I think we tap into the same poetic source. ; )

  2. Wow! Everyone has the power to let others see or understand what he/she really wants them to see or understand.

    1. Thanks, Ashfaq. Yes, exactly! It took me many years to figure this out! I guess self-preservation finally kicked in? 😉

      1. That’s better than so many things.

      2. You are welcome Susi 😊

  3. Thanks for the repost, Luna!

    1. I stand corrected on the author here. No credit was given to you. I enjoyed your work and look forward to reading more.

      1. Thank you! 🙂

  4. What a poignant poem – really enjoyed it – thank you. 🙂

    1. Thank you, glad you enjoyed it! 🙂

  5. Love this quite a bit. There is a big strength to what’s being said here. As someone who often peels back too much too quickly, I am envious! Well done.

    1. Thank you so much for your kind words! 🙂

  6. this is phenomenal!

    1. Thank you so much, Rachel! <3

  7. Beautiful. Indeed, we share things with someone only whom we can trust.

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