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Aww/Awe

                             (for Martha Henning)

 

At the copy machine,

we swap a couple

 

phantom limb stories

impressed upon us

 

by veterans’ essays.

Then she among us

 

with grayest hair

says she lost

 

her “left, best tit”

to a cancer caught

 

just in time. Now, when

blessed with the presence

 

of a nursing mother,

she can still feel

 

a tiny mouthful of milk

dribble from the stubborn

 

ghost breast welling up

through the wide scar—

 

imaginary warmth

filling our mouths

 

opened in awe

at this tender,

 

brutal miracle.


Posted 04/01/19
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