ear, breast, thumb, ankle
is larger, longer, redder, stiffer
or sharper than the other.
a heart attack; every gas pain,
appendicitis; every muscle cramp,
blood clot; and every red eye,
She won’t use public toilets
or visit the sick at home or in hospital.
She reads articles on rare diseases,
The madwoman won’t see her doctor;
he’s not very good,
can never find anything wrong.
Ann Howells has been writing poetry for some twenty years. Her work appeared recently in Agave, Apieron Review, Little Patuxent Review and other small press and university journals. She serves on the board of Dallas Poets Community (501-c-3) and edits the journal Illya’s Honey, recently taking it from print to digital.