I Miss You

everywhere, in the hairs on my head and of my body. 

In my nails, teeth, skin, flesh, sinews, bones, marrow, kidneys, heart, liver, diaphragm, spleen, lungs, stomach, bowels, mesentery, and excrement. I miss you. 

Your absence floats in my bile, my phlegm, my pus, blood, sweat, lymph, tears and saliva. 

I miss you. In the oil of my joints. When I am walking, standing, sitting, falling asleep, awakening. 

I hear you. I am speaking of you. I am kept silent by you. This tomb of the soul, this food for worms, this glorious, sufferer from Dark Gods. “Love you? I am you.”

George Cassidy Payne is a poet from Rochester, NY. His work has been included in such publications as the Hazmat ReviewMoria Poetry JournalChronogram JournalAmpersand Literary ReviewThe Angle at St. John Fisher College, and 3:16 Journal. George’s blogs, essays and letters have appeared in USA TodayThe Wall Street JournalThe AtlanticHavana TimesSouth China Morning PostThe Buffalo News, and more. 

See all his poems on Tea House here.

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