antique glass bottle

Found in garden:
Melton Mowbray,
Leicestershire UK

I sit in skin

Cold and neatly folded as lizard's flesh

Eating ancient, shadowy substance

Cling-wrapped in obscurity.

Where I move

The action is erased

When I act

The result is neutral

Cancelled out

Before the start.

I learn in Winter;

Sleepless in shadow

Sharp signs beneath opaque lids,

Scratch out the next step