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Weariness: A Second Skin

David Baird

Weariness: a second skin
  less human than reptilian;
    perhaps disease acquired when
      our race took hissed advice.

It hangs on flesh like weighty mail
  thought needed in this teary veil,
    but true man’s war is with such scales:
      the serpent’s plated lies.

Son’s toil and hot aching thirst,
  believed their lot from Eden-cursed,
    no longer binds since chains were burst
      at new tree sacrifice.

Mere work remains for lifted head,
  with strength renewed by daily bread,
    fresh life whose only price is death:
      Golgotha’s grand surprise.