Laura Grace Weldon
Dreams of Mice
Brains of sleeping mice reveal to science,
unwittingly, that scent locks in memory
like Proust's tea and cake.
While lab coats scan, measure and tabulate
in chambers scrubbed of odor,
tender-limbed mice dream
Today's autumn air conjures
toast my mother made, starlings swooping in unison,
and you, the comfort of your smell under blankets
in the bed where our bodies mingle.
If baby mice curl in our closet among boxes and blankets,
surely our scent enters their dreams,
lingering through their small
Laura Grace Weldon is a is a book editor, non-violence educator, and marginally useful farm wench. She's the author of Free Range Learning and slow at work on her next book, Subversive Cooking. Her poetry has recently appeared in Christian Science Monitor, The Shine Journal, Iodine Poetry Journal, Atlanta Review, J Journal, Red River Review,flashquake, Mannequin Envy and Dirty Napkin. Her collection of poetry, titled Tending, is due out spring 2014. Visit Laura at lauragraceweldon.com/blog-2/.