Elizabeth Barrette (ysabetwordsmith) wrote,
Elizabeth Barrette
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Poem: "Telltails"

This is today's freebie, inspired by a prompt from rhodielady_47. It also fills the "balance" square in my 10-1-17 card for the Fall Festival bingo.


"Telltails"


It's there in the instincts,
pouncing on a sudden motion
or else shying away from it.

It's there in the desires,
a yearning for sushi
or bloody-rare steak
or even wheatgrass.

It's there in the body language,
turning ears telegraphed into
a certain tilt of the head,
or tail wagging butt.

It's there in the thought patterns,
in the dynamics set to herd or pack
or solitary instead of troop.

It's there. It's there.

It's true, even if nobody else
can see it for what it is: Otherkin.

It's there in the telltails, and
it's true, even if it isn't real,
as inescapable as skin.

It takes time to find the balance
between Human and Other, and
it's not always easy, but then again,

balance is what tails are for.

* * *

Notes:

Otherkin are people who identify with a species other than Homo sapiens.  The differences can be subtle or downright dramatic.  Some Otherkin get along fine in human society, but others pass for human only because most humans think everything that looks human must be  human.  Here are some clues that someone might be Otherkin.  In my experience, the best way to handle this is to try it out.  Does treating yourself or your friend as a wolf/dragon/sidhe etc. make life easier?  If so, continue and look for more such accommodations.  If not, look for some other model that works better.

Tails are common throughout much of the animal kingdom.  They serve many purposes, including balance.

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