a Ritual

Look in the mirror

Say "It happened."
See eyes register this.
Let the body memory react, recoil

as in similar seasons
now primed to attack--

It happened. "It is not happening now."
See eyes register this.
Let the body memory react, recoil

over and over, "It happened.
It is not happening now."

Kill the past parasite,
the ghost that wants possession,
for that day to bleed into
every joy and mar—an exorcist—

Say, "It is not happening now."
until even the body believes

"He has no power over me."