Be Grateful for Your Epidermis

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Be grateful for your epidermis
also known as “skin”.
It keeps the world outside outside
and holds your insides in.

Be grateful for your epidermis
also called your “hide”.
It keeps your hair out in the air
and holds your bones inside.

Be grateful you have epidermis
hanging all about.
A lack of skin lets outside in
and dumps your insides out.

Be grateful for your epidermis–
it’s your body’s leather–
and thank your skin, through thick and thin,
for holding you together.

 — Kenn Nesbitt

Copyright © 2005. All Rights Reserved.

Reading Level: Grade 5

Topics: Science and Technology Poems

Poetic Techniques: Repetition, Rhyme Schemes


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