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"... brevity is the soul of wit ..."
- William Shakespeare

Laura Grace Weldon

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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
and reminisce.

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
remembering lives.