Poetry Porch: Poetry


How did it happen to us?
By Marge Piercy

Cats accept our clothing as our fur.
When were naked, they are wary.
They dont want to sit on us.

Were so singular in our body
baldness, no wonder they stare.
Us and mole rats, maybe also

chihuahuas are bald anomalies.
Fur is so often beautiful, I guess
it wasnt sexual choice. Less

cover means less grooming
but more visible flaws. Long
fur would hide sags, bulges.

Scientists say fur homes bugs,
ticks, chiggers, fleas, but we
still suffer them, though bald.

Sometimes Im also sorry to lack
a tail. They express emotions so
well, less ambiguous than words.

Copyright © 2020 by Marge Piercy.