the shape of you

You have become the shape of your name.

Two syllables more familiar to me than your face—

jo

seph

 

You become the shape of each letter.

jo

The curve of J that fits into my empty arms.

The o an open place your absence occupies.

 

-seph

We say it differently, your mother and I.

She, a rich vibration of sound;

I, a whispered second syllable. Sibilant s.

e that tucks into my womb, pressing against my heart.

The ph an exhale, a sigh, a longing.

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