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Forget all the nonsense about eyes opened or closed or breathing or brain waves Ignore the sallow skin the pulse or even the way they stare back at you find the place where the hands are swollen with regret find the place where silence is the chest bone find the dental imprints of a life not eaten find the eulogy that is transfixed in your dust bound bones find the small minutes where each of us wander through a fractured room remember how to immerse your amnesia in embalming fluid teach yourself how to leave a body and then how to return
Copyright 2020 Connie Post. First published in RiverSedge.
From Prime Meridian by Connie Post, published in 2020 by Glass Lyre Press.