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My Imaginary Husband

Kim Roberts

My husband is the omphalos:
he believes when rain falls on him,
rain covers the world.
That's why, when he looks away,
his absence is total,
like the blank grey of the sky
after a heavy downpour.
All his traces disappear: shoes
piled in the front entry,
hair coiled in the shower drain,
the jangle of his ring tone.

Kim Roberts

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