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  • my skin smells of wood smoke and tastes of salt
    darkened on the outer edges and hair brightened by hours
    spent walking beach edges or driving
    across so many states
    the heels of each foot are thick and cracking from the barefoot
    or flipflop hikes

    only now do small freckles sprinkle the bridge of my crooked nose
    below the rings on each finger grows a callous
    hardened by repetition

    there are sores
    bites scratched bloody
    bruises and splinters covering
    my legs and arms

    I am in my summer body
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