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This is me,
your friend,
on the table
stripping.
Don't look
away.

You made
this table
what it is:
ate off it,
wrote on it,
bruised your hip
against it.
You made
it yours.

But I am
grinding hard,
peeling off
layers
of varnish,
getting down
to deep scars,
yours and
mine,
and I keep
stripping.

I use
power tools
and chemicals.
My old shirt
wipes grit
out of rough
grooves.

It's becoming
smooth flesh
under sand
paper. It's time
to come
clean.

My friend,
embrace
your wife.
Leave this table
unfinished.

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Sara Backer (a Gemini) has new
poems coming out this year in The
Rialto, Arc, Gargoyle, Crab Creek
Review, Turtle Island Quarterly, A
cappella Zoo, and Carve. She lives in
New Hampshire and teaches
composition at the University of
Massachusetts at Lowell.  
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STRIP
by Sara Backer
JUNE 2014