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    A Stubborn Absence

    I can strip his name from my mouth

    Scrape the sound from my tongue

    Break my teeth

    And leave no room for echo

    Or shave his scent from my skin

    Lift him from between my joints

    My legs

    My knuckles

    Or pull his hands from my neck

    Pry his grip from my back

    Hold my breath

    And pray he stops breathing down my throat

    I can rip out what he left in my bones

    Toil over every scrap

    And still

    Feel him here

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