You are the only benign

mass pressing on my spine


flexing your phantom

limbs made of muscle


and bone or is it the tendon

to the ligament


one joint and then a second

one emptiness to another


can still be tender

if there is nothing there.



Ben Puliafito is a medical student in New York City, who enjoys the fear and relief that comes with writing poetry. He has been previously published in BMC Systems Biology, a literary journal only in the most abstract sense.

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