A warm yes and a cold no, the uncertain in between: Somehow all the same.
Pulling nails alone will not reveal truth.
The plaster must be smashed.
The veneer broken and crumbled to the ground.
The wall must be demolished, its false shield violated,
layers of time like coats of paint scraped away.
Strip away the coverings: This is what you’ll find of me.
Dress the bones how you see fit.