I love a prompt with directions, especially in the form of list. I used NaPoWriMo's prompt title "Twenty Little Poetry Projects" courtesy of JIm Simmerman. I think this also fits Brewer's prompt of magic/realism. Enjoy!
Listening to Hendrix on Vinyl
Life is an LP record, a vinyl disk pressed in a continuous spiral, moving inward from a vast expanse to a tight circle of bright black where the music ends.
If you start at my left big toe, you can unpeel my skin in one, long, curvy strip like the devil peels a hard-boiled egg.
Skin cracked like thick paint on wood siding.
Skin browned like a cage free hen’s egg.
Skin like salt on the soft white dome, like teeth through thick yolk.
Skin like crepe myrtle blooms in humid air, the scent of steam.
Skin brushed by thin fabric, feathers preened by a beak, sound like sliding the sheet over a browned hip in the night.
Thin skin just a cover, a network of cells. When pressed, it sounds like a diamond tipped needle in a v-shaped groove. Gently drop the arm.
Jimi Hendrix live at Otto’s Grotto grinds the span of my hips, slides around my ribs.
My skin can no more be removed than the devil from your hand.
I don’t believe in the devil.
At the coffee shop, I bite into an omelette replete with feta, tomato, and consider a picture of Hendrix standing hip to hip with Leonard Nimoy.
Because the picture is in black & white, the cream is old and clumps up in my cup.
I don’t really like coffee. I just keep drinking it hoping I’ll start to like it, like beer.
The thin skin of hue is a cold blue when held to the light.
Membrane less like a shroud and more like a sliding glass door.
Pull it aside. Step through.
Gabby’s record is played out. The needle skips. Skips.
It will slide all the way to the center. Rise.
Pressed egg like a record, like grooved black vinyl.
The needle settles into my skin.
Pa’lante, pa’lante, pa’tras ni pa’ coger impulso.
I follow the groove to its inevitable end where I rise, return, rest.
Run your devil fingers in a spiral on my thin skin, press this surrendered silk shell.