Dogs can go feral when they’re lost a few weeks, constantly on guard and scared as they search for food, water, and shelter. They stay alive by avoiding danger. But surviving alone changes them. Don’t be surprised if a lost dog flees in panic when you try to help her.
I’ve been alone more than a year, diving deeper and deeper into myself. Isolation has turned me feral. I scream. I fight. I confront strangers over magnified slights. They say it’s best to socialize dogs slowly, so I just go out at night.
You can smile, but if you talk to me, I’ll growl. Don’t get too close – I bite.
Sheila Wellehan‘s poetry is featured in The Night Heron Barks, Rust + Moth, Thimble Literary Magazine, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, Whale Road Review, and many other journals and anthologies. She lives in Cape Elizabeth, Maine. Stella Bellow is an illustrator currently attending Parsons School of Design in New York City.
People wondered why anyone would drink hand sanitizer. The response to the headline CDC says people are dying after drinking hand sanitizer was ridicule. The news of impaired vision and seizures, hospitalizations and deaths, prompted funny gifs and emoticons as well as witticisms like Let them drink it. Kill the stupids.
Decades after leaving rehab, the first thing that hit me when I read my prized bottle’s label was its alcohol content. If I’d never gotten sober and I was broke or stores closed, hand sanitizer would be a tempting beverage – eighty percent alcohol would have a nice kick. Eighty percent might just do the trick.
Sheila Wellehan‘s poetry is featured or forthcoming in The Night Heron Barks, Rust + Moth, Thimble Literary Magazine, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, Whale Road Review, and many other journals and anthologies. She lives in Cape Elizabeth, Maine. Arabella Luna Friedland is a visual artist and writer based in New York City. She’s influenced by a childhood with cartoons, a classical education in anatomy and life drawing, and a firm belief that all art — is a portrait.