The phrase "under my skin" is tied to the concept of identity and how narrative connects us. Lo is more clear of her identity at the end of the poem than she was at the beginning—she discovers that her identity is as someone who belongs to several places, not just one. That is who she is. She doesn't forget Hong Kong Island where she grew up, but she also feels a part of herself in Victoria Harbor. Lo makes a connection between having an uncertain identity and being able to sense death. Death is natural, but what is important is how we live our lives. The last line of the poem says that "under my skin / Victoria and Hong Kong / Begin to feel like one place." This is where Lo's story ends: with her feeling connected to two different cities on two different islands in one country.
Under my skin is about identity and belonging. It tells the story of a girl who finds out that she has an uncertain identity and then decides to learn more about herself by traveling. At the end of the story, she realizes that Victoria and Hong Kong are actually one city and that having an uncertain identity isn't so bad after all.
The line "under my skin / Victoria and Hong Kong / Begin to feel like one place" shows that even though Lo is only visiting Victoria for a short time, it will still affect her life there forever.
When the poet writes, "My skin has deceived me," she is assigning human traits to her skin, as if her skin had its own brain and had decided to betray her for some reason. The word "betrayed" here means "to give away or hand over trustingly." Thus, her skin has handed over something it was supposed to keep secret.
This poem is about a woman who has been wronged in some way. She knows that her skin has been used against her but doesn't know why. She feels angry and hurt but also a little sorry for her skin because it can't help itself. It's just following its nature.
Here's another way of looking at it: Your skin isn't really thinking about you when it decides to betray you. It's just doing what skins do. It's only human nature to want to protect what's yours, so your skin tries to avoid being caught by guarding all of the important parts of your body. But since it cannot think for itself, it needs your help to guard it. So if someone steals your wallet, you won't find it very easy to get new credit cards. If someone breaks into your house, you'll be scared out of your wits. That's how humans are built: to protect each other.
The speaker feels alienated from her own body, as revealed by the personification in the opening stanza. "My flesh has deceived me," says the sentence that employs personification. Of all, only another human being may betray another human being, but the speaker believes that her skin—her external covering or exterior—has let her down in some way. She feels that she is not fully aware of what her skin is thinking and feeling.
Her belief is confirmed when later in the poem she meets an old friend who tells her that people can tell she has been crying by looking at her eyes, face, and mouth. "Your face shows that you have been unhappy", he says. The poet agrees and goes on to explain that his statement is based on a fact: when someone is sad, their faces express it. She also learns that when someone is angry, their face becomes red, and when they are happy, they glow with health.
In conclusion, the poet explains that while it is true that we can read people's minds from their faces, it is also true that we can tell how someone has been feeling by observing their skin. Skin can betray us if we are not careful enough; it can show us what we want to hide even if we try hard to cover it up.
The Skin I'm In: The Incident with Norma and Vicente Norma becomes mentally unstable and is on a variety of medications to keep her madness at bay. Vicente is a young man who works with his mother, designs clothing, does drugs, and lives a carefree lifestyle. He also has feelings for his gay coworker Cristina. When Norma discovers that Cristina is gay, she goes crazy and kills him. She is then committed to a mental hospital.
Now back to Vicente...he too is affected by Norma's actions and decides to kill himself. But he doesn't know that Cristina is still alive and well. She hides from everyone including Vicente because she knows that he would not be able to handle learning that she was gay even though they had a child together. She gives birth to their son and names him Daniel.
Years later, Daniel grows up to be a happy young man. He meets someone and falls in love and they get married. But his wife isn't really his wife because he only knew her for a short time before meeting someone new. His new wife doesn't like this and tries to force him to leave but fails. She then commits suicide. This leaves young Daniel heartbroken and confused as to why people would do such things to him just because they could. This is when we find out that Cristina is his mother and she tried to tell him something by giving him a necklace but he didn't understand what she meant by this so he pushed her away.
Dermatographia, sometimes known as "skin writing," is a disorder in which seemingly tiny scratches develop into transient but substantial responses. This is also known as dermographism or dermatographic urticaria. Skin writing has been reported by people who have no apparent medical reason to produce such markings. It has also been reported by those who have certain diseases or who have taken drugs that can be harmful if used improperly. The cause of dermatographia is unknown.
People with this condition claim they are able to write words on their bodies with a special tool called a dermometer. The words written with the dermometer seem to appear on the skin shortly after they are drawn. Sometimes these marks remain for several days before they disappear without leaving a mark.
People with dermatographia say they are only capable of drawing simple shapes with the tool, such as lines and circles. They cannot write words with it because the strokes always cross the drawn line. Some people believe they can distinguish between different levels of scratching so that they can write letters at various levels of intensity.
In reality, there is no evidence that anyone else can read what is written with the dermometer. People with dermatographia think others can see the words they write on their bodies because they hear them spoken after the fact.