Poem: The Itch by Kiyomi Dong

Lost by Yolanda Oreiro Lago aka Mitucami Mituca
Illustration by Yolanda Oreiro Lago aka Mitucami Mituca
lost1, 2016, watercolor, A4.

The Itch

Both pain and itch are transmitted
by a class of nerve cells known
as TRPV1-expressing neurons which
      trigger the release
of a molecule that originates in the heart.

When I was four, my mother
coined the term “itching your butt”
as a stand-in for masturbation
and once bribed me with a trip
to the Windward Mall arcade
if I promised to stop.

            I emerged
from that dark-lit blinging cave
tickets streaming from tiny hands
eager to return home
to my favorite wooden footstool
hand painted with a white rabbit
wearing a blue frock.

Because when I rubbed myself
frantically against its rounded corners
it felt better than the sweet-sour
pucker of li hing mui or the moss
against my bare feet as I paced
the rock wall in the front yard.

There were others too.
The padded sofa armrest,
the apple-sized knob
at the top of my bedpost.
Everything has a surface
even our atoms have facades
that sometimes look like faces.
And always watching, we learn
to turn away from ourselves.

My therapist theorizes it was a cry
for attention but it was mine
my sweet secret: infantile masturbation
otherwise known as gratification disorder.
I was innocent – free of the body politic
– pure animal – a lesson in
Evolution: That which separates us.

 

Yolanda Oreiro aka Mitucami Mituca is a freelance Galician illustrator, based in Barcelona, Spain. Available for freelance work at mitucami@yahoo.com. Follow Yolanda on Instagram.

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