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I Am A Man, My Body Is A Woman

My body reveals its secrets to me 
in grudging ways, 

with little murmurs and signs,  
each trying to get attention 
without snapping its fingers in my face, 

like faint, mysterious radio signals from (inner) outer space 
that escape detection often,
comprehension always,  

small aches that ghost through my body and 
the already over-populated radar of my consciousness,
as if keen on being missed,

rashes like miniature night bloomers on the 
vast landscapes of my limbs and torso, 
origins unknown,

non-rashes, equally tiny, anonymous things, 
that surface but don’t stay long enough  
before sinking back into the realm of the forgotten, 

eyelid twitching out a code decipherable by no man.  

I receive frequent messages, 
hinted, insinuated, encrypted. 

My body has its own mind.

I’m trying to be a better reader.

Copyright © Bernard Chan | Year Posted 2018


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