You may, perhaps,
slough your self
like outgrown skin
and wear a new face;
but, though the cocoon,
may release a butterfly
there's still a grub within.

And, your lover
may think he strokes velvet
when he touches you
but, in the darkness,
when he sleeps against
your back and
silence strips away
your masque,
you remember the scales

A Wordmongers' Masque: Poets' Ball entry

Squa*mose" (? ∨ ), Squa"mous (?), [L. squamosus, fr. squama a scale: cf. F. squameux.]


Covered with, or consisting of, scales; resembling a scale; scaly; as, the squamose cones of the pine; squamous epithelial cells; the squamous portion of the temporal bone, which is so called from a fancied resemblance to a scale.

2. Anat.

Of or pertaining to the squamosal bone; squamosal.


© Webster 1913.

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