May 12, 2014

Phantom


awake in the night 
my tooth aching,
even though
it's no longer there.
It's phantom pain,
I tell myself,
I should not even
be aware. 
It will subside, 
only the empty space
left behind
will have any ghosts
to bear. 

Soon it will heal,
stop bleeding
and close, 
finally go elsewhere.
In time I'll forget
the tooth is gone,
won't remember when 
it was young and strong,
won't need to speak
as if I didn't care.

5/9/2014