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In Sickness and in Joy by Marlena Willis

Posted on April 17, 2015 at 5:45 PM Comments comments (2)

                         to Quelyn


When I hang out

With someone I love,

I find myself


A bit of who she is.


I find I notice

And want to chase



I want to howl

At sirens.


I notice scents.



I already notice scents

As I deal with

Disabling fatigue

As the result of

Petro chemically based scent.


Would my struggles with those

Who choose to wear scent

Be more easily resolved

If I bowed slightly

And started,

Inviting being chased

Or chasing?


Or if I sniffed their rear

While letting them sniff mine?


Would they understand

If I growled?


When I encounter

Someone, who is safe,

Someone, who is scent free,

Would my vestigial tail



Would we mouth

Each other’s bodies

And roll over

And under one another?


Have I...

Will I

Catcht her joy?


I hope I am