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What Was Missing

The undersides

of the hands. The hair.

The eyes. The chin,

the spot where the chin

becomes the neck.

Both of the arms.

The armpits.

The left tennis sneaker,

Wilson brand.

Water that we could

have left for him.

The sound of trains.

The canals that carry sound

into the ears. The ears.

Bruises and lips.

Wallet, if there ever was

a wallet. Light after a while.

Dark after a while.

Thighs. A name.

The face, the neck.

from RestFind more by Margaree Little at the library

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Published in Margaree Little Poems

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