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it’s always my hands which push
my face back together each morning
they know the terrain, have always known
what to push and when to spread the skin—
each finger, each tip trying to locate
its proper place

two near the skull, my cathedral,
my body’s abused temple, arrive
first, kneading directly behind closed
eyes, trying to make me forget
whatever it is i need to forget

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it’s my hands which first recognize
cold, instinctively praying, slipping
inside each other like identical twins
in their mother’s womb, rubbing
like two slender sticks
even as iron trains pass to different cities,
the cold stays with my hands, religiously,
allowing them to pray
allowing me to keep them

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it’s been a long time since warm
has allowed my hands their freedom—
as i walk along stiff grass into another
evening walk, a squirrel squirts along a fence,
wind chimes tinkle from dark wood—
cold pushes my blood aside, howls
through my veins to my heart, from my heart
my hands hide, fisted in my pockets, apart
from each other, waiting patiently
as if for a train, to meet at my temples,
to pray, to decipher
another night’s scribbled passing

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