The Body Is the Proof, the Witness (or, Why I believe women even after three decades)

The Body Is the Proof, the Witness

(or, Why I believe women even after three decades)

by Sarah Fox-Long

still years later

i can only fall asleep in one position

always pulling and turning away from her

always she waits for me to say

“you can still hold me”

before resting her hand on my back

            some mornings she asks if im okay

            during the night she woke

            went to kiss my shoulder

            fix the blankets she stole but

            i jerked away from her touch

(skin is a faulty sensor

knowing good and evil yet

unable tell the difference)

            awake i welcome these small moments

            turn to kiss her hand when

            her fingers brush my cheek

            lean into her palm when

            she rubs my scalp after a haircut

asleep deep enough that i cant tell

i am myself

how could the watchdog body know

it’s truly her fingers her palm reaching

my skin meets hers with a tension

she doesnt deserve

            and neither do i


Sarah Fox-Long received a BA in Near Eastern Languages with a focus on Hebrew poetry from Wayne State University. Born and raised in Michigan, she currently teaches Hebrew school in her hometown.”

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