Marianne Jay Erhardt is an assistant teaching professor at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Her work appears in Conjunctions (Web), Phoebe, and Ninth Letter.
A Points South essay from the Fall 2019 issue
A wolf suit. A boy suit. The belly button memory of a mama tether. An odd stone to mark the buried time capsule of your before body. Did your husband wince when it was time to cut the cord? Did you do it yourself, scissors in your weak hand, slick with blood? Was it easy to split, to be so undone? When you shift now in the night, does your hand find your belly, that soft ridgeline from sternum to navel? Does it feel like quicksand, your mother costume, and does it suit you?