Stripping Off

They started carefully

gently teasing out small pieces

so not to damage what lay beneath.

It was seductive work

like a striptease

or a cut piece

a revelation

little by little.

Later on though,

they became blasé

tearing off longer strips

wanting a speedier exposure.

Thus the damage was done

And one deep scar revealed 

another layer beneath.

So they began again, 

carefully at first

then scraping 

and ripping 

off strips

in their haste for exposure.

But still the wall refused

to give up its secrets.

Still the wall refused 

to reveal all.


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