my hands are becoming dark brown, rugged, scarred from use my mother tells me i'm going to look old too soon how strange it must be to her that i let my hands get this way from pleasure she who has never known skin to turn brown from anything but hard labor.


the callouses are back funny how quickly they return my skin seems accustomed to thickening i slather on moisturizer after every climbing session in an attempt to maintain sensitivity i can't expect not to lose something when always grasping at sharp edges