an ode to a numb leg

you look quite normal
and yet
the feeling is
you are not real
you don’t belong
attached to me
but alien
joined up
but separated
I prod and poke
to check you’re there
sensation is
all rubbery wrong
like local
anaesthetic flows
across the surface
of your skin
how do you feel so numb
and yet you ache
from deep within?
I rather liked you
as you were
I do not like
this change
I hope that one day
not too far
you will be mine again