No Antibodies

by Joan Dobbie


Thank God! I’m innocent, guilt free at last
Poor woman, she died, but it wasn’t my fault

Those long sleepless nights may be finally passed
Thank God! I’m innocent, guilt free at last

At least I can try and let go of that past
Start fresh with some honey, toss out the salt

Thank God! I’m innocent, guilt free at last
Poor woman, she died, but it wasn’t my fault



Joan Dobbie cohosts the River Road Reading Series (RRRS) in Eugene, Oregon, now on ZOOM. Her triolet “When your Man’s a Drunk” took first place in the traditional form category of the Spring 2020 Oregon Poetry Association contest, She has two full length books, Woodstock Baby (2013, The Unforgettables Press) and The Language of Stone (2020, Uttered Chaos Press) several chapbooks, many online and print publications and a new manuscript Pandemic Soap out in the world, searching for the right publisher. Varada J.M. is a 9th-grader based in Kerala’s Koyilandi, studying at Rani Public School, Vadakara. After hurriedly doing homework, Varada divides her time between practicing classical dance and watching horror films. She loves dogs but nobody at home wants one.