Gris-Gris, an online journal of literature, culture & the arts

Morgellons Syndrome

by Ann Keniston

 

The afflicted body itches, then one’s fingers must pull out

 

the series of narrow fibers

lodged in the skin

 

to be saved in a small container, a matchbox maybe

 

evidence of the frailty of all defenses, emblem

of the need to join

with other sufferers

though the doctors deny it

 

or else Morgellons is delusional parasitosis, transmitted

by Internet, an obsessional

aversion to permeability or touch

 

though from the body’s leavings

one can always devise

a system, rationale

 

locate a proper name

 

despite the lag, the infelicity

 

as in simultaneous translation

the errors are perceptible only

to those who speak both languages.