Poetry: Prosopagnosia is

Pale-coloured photograph of a person's face with dark eyelashes and lip piecings

so i taught myself to memorise faces
d i a g r a m a t i c a l l y
like delicate wireframe sculptures

the tilt of a chin
the meeting of lips
the curve of eyelashes sweeping a blink
the angles of hairline-browbone-cheekbone-jaw

my own reflection
a formula wrapped in dysmorphia
painted on canvas scrolls and carved into stone

the mirror is a biblical master
a vengeful god

but a photograph
is hearing my name whispered
in a language that was excised from my mind
by a quiet stranger who follows me

always arms-length behind

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For information about prosopagnosia, or face blindness, visit ProsopagnosiaResearch.org

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