Thicker Skin

By Erin Sanchez

Skin once as thin as vellum
transparent as plastic wrap
judgment would penetrate
my frailty and reserve

Like yellow Starling eyes
yours scan for prey
to accuse of privilege
blind to the looking glass

Assumptions pass your lips
disguised in academic jargon
your words like spears
now fall dull upon my skin

I know where I come from
and claim nothing more
cast your labels and theories
they pierce nothing but silence