My Mole, the Animal
Catherine Leigh Reeves
Me-less mole floats, maroon and rootless
in a test-tube across town. Labeled by name.
Lined up with the other-less moles, my
salty, suspended particle is patient
for the pathologist to feel its crust, to measure
its sun-tunneled tissues. To determine things.
I’ll wait for a week.
They’ll send my results in the mail.
They’ll send me the bill.
Mole warming on my left collarbone. Resting, a mole-less
me remembers a rodeo. A wedding guest
in wintergreen spaghetti straps. Nothing on but morning
fog rubbing up my hotel window; mole.
I could go on. Itching,
I spent last night with the internet’s answering hat.
It is so helpful with suggestions. Maybe I want
to start searching?: mole with hair/mole on face/
molecules/moleskin/mole when mole goes bad/
mole the animal: click:
- subterranean lifestyle mammal
- a group of moles is called a labour
They labor earth tunnels, trap-sensing the worm flesh plunk.
This is what it’s like to spend your life digging: you grow
extra thumbs, your face seals shut, you’re a plant
breathing kind of sleeper. Like the star-nosed mole: click:
- in wet lowlands
- their stellar appendages feel five times more than my fingers can
- I'd like to feel everything
in the flea market that way, broken toys and empty perfume bottles.
You could feel through to their stories: plastic smashing down the stairs,
the widow’s special occasion. They smell what lives in the water. I’m knowing
all about these online lowlands; they know even more about me.
It’s a pink, fleshy touch
organ. My husband says his thumb is sore from all that newsfeed.
We’re silently strumming screens together on the couch
on a Saturday. Most Saturdays, and we are alone.
Moles seem to know everything,
being functionally blind.
Mole-less me, joining the labour, someday:
- my face-stars will seal
- shut and see.
Catherine Leigh Reeves has taught English and Creative Writing in Wyoming schools. She received her MA at the University of Wyoming, with a focus on American Poetry and Gender Studies. You may find her poetry and articles in Rust+Moth, Rise Up Review, By&By Poetry, and Plath Profiles. Most recently, she was a Writer-in-Residence at the World Heritage Center in Assisi, Italy.