The Smell of You

By: Alexis McGuinness

Your mother thinks your body odor after you haven’t bathed in a few days smells like summer time. She thinks your breath is curious. She sniffs and considers the varying particles that reveal what you ate for lunch and snack and on the way home. She knows you’re sick before you sneeze. It’s in the smell of your exhalation. When you tickle her face after scratching yourself, she does not recoil at the odor under your fingernails. After all, it’s her odor too. You are loved, you dirty you.

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