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So Many Secrets Kept

Phantom

The limb removed, the amputee
swears there's an itching
where hand or foot was,
a ghostly memory
of something once attached.

There are phantom people too.
It's unimportant, almost
nothing, just some trick
on eye and mind
of a slight, familiar imprint—
a motorway sign, a certain
tilt of a woman's head.


Godfrey Rust 1984, godfrey@wordsout.co.uk. See here for permissions.

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