That sounds like a disease – Ann Gibaldi Campbell

“That sounds like a disease,”

you say when I say
I want to go
to coastal Louisiana to see
the nutria.

I know they are semi-
aquatic rodents.
And I have
a better mind than you.

No!
They are not giant swamp rats.
I did not see
If the doctor was wearing
a wedding ring.
And I do not care
you have the hands of a 90-year-old.

Are you taking any medicine?
Are you taking anything at all?

I will want a bathing suit
good health
compassion
when I go to Grand Isle
to see the swimming of the nutria.

Ann Gibaldi Campbell holds a PhD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she wrote her dissertation on Virginia Woolf. She identifies as a teacher, a mother, and a feminist. With poetry, she hopes to reinvent herself.

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