Words by Neil Baker in response to Hasbeens by Stumped Studio

Neil Baker

I live within unwanted wood
of broken tables, fallen branches
kicked around until I’m found
and pinned in place
to spin

until my outside disappears
my skin is smoothed with papered sand
my body oiled by tender hands
so the real me revealed can speak
to you

I say: rest my head in your palm
stroke my neck with your finger
tip and allow yourself to linger on
the beauty beneath all skins
the wonder within all souls
the love inside
your heart

yearning to know what I am?
I ask in return:
When found, revealed, reborn
who are you?

Click here to view the design that inspired this piece of writing.

Designer: stumpedstudio.com
Illustrator: Assa Ariyoshi