A Poem by Micaela Walley





in the center of our mattress

           it usually blends in with the flowers


when I’m changing the sheets

                  I check to make sure it’s still there


                                                               our sheets too


                  have remnants of that same blood

                  from that same part of my body


                                                       yes, I washed them


he never responds well to my blood          my body


                                                               but I don’t mind it


                                                      my body


                                     or him


I cannot resent what comes from my body

                                                                              or him  


                                        that’s a dangerous road to start down


        hating your gelatins and juices

                        leg hairs, etc.


                                                      of course, I shave them

        tap tap tap

                      the razor against the side of the tub

                                            examine the hairs—how long

                                                                                    they are! how bendable

against my index finger

                              held firmly

                              against my thumb!

                                                 watch how it moves!

                                                                                    in out up down in out

these things take time, you see

but I am learning how to love both

                                        at the same time—



                                                                                   & my body.










Micaela Walley is a recent graduate from the University of South Alabama where she majored in Creative Writing. Her work can be found in Oracle Fine Arts Review, Eunoia Review, and Straight Forward Poetry. She currently lives in Hanover, Maryland with her best friend -- Chunky, the cat.




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