you peel away my skin
like it's your own to take

leaving me pink,
and raw
all over.

I try to resist,
but your constant unrelenting tug
on this invisible string
you've tied around me
won't snap
like I wish it would.

but you know
we're different shades
of the same colour
(on the surface).

now, I would just like
to keep away
until I am fine
and ready to tug back.

so could you please,
please, please…

just let go
and untie me?