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poem by Leslie Gerber from my book "Lies of the Poets" (Post-Traumatic Press)

Someone who looks like her

is in the bed at night,

at the table in the morning,

walks with the dogs,

but doesn’t talk like her,

doesn’t wash her face,

knows me as a shadow.

Someone who sounds like her

may answer the phone

but doesn’t know what to say,

when asked her name

cannot respond,

mixes up the dogs’ names,

sometimes with mine.

Someone who moves like her

sometimes opens the door

but doesn’t know old neighbors,

cringes at the sight

of the postman,

looks at the mail

as if it were a meteorite.

Someone who feels like her

reacts to a hug

by hardening

and then doesn’t feel like her.

Retreats from water.

Wants more clothes

to protect her from touch.

Someone who looks like her

was once the sun

and now sleeps on the dark side

of the moon.

When she wakes, she watches

pages from her book

as they float off into space.

Leslie Gerber
Woodstock, NY

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