phantom limb

A phantom limb is the sensation that an amputated or missing limb (even an organ, like the appendix) is still attached to the body, caused by profound changes to the brain’s mental representation of the body.


phantom limb, your invisible itch pains my heart when there is no arm to scratch. severed but you are heavy as if you are still attached.

you bring with you phantom pains that the world cannot cure and only i can feel.

phantom limb, how is it that you are completely cut away, but my nerves remember you so well they forget you were removed and now decayed?

i feel every sensation as if through some invisible nerves your decaying member is still attached from a distance – like a wireless network for body parts…

phantom limb, please make up your mind – be here or be gone. seeing as you can no longer be here because of the laws of nature, then please be on your way.

because there’s nothing i can do about the itch that i want to scratch, or the pain stabbing through the fingers that i no longer have.

phantom limb, be here or be gone, don’t be both because i’ve only ever known how to scratch an itch on an actual arm, not on one that isn’t there anymore.



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