Structural variants in genes associated with human Williams-Beuren syndrome underlie stereotypical hypersociability in domestic dogs
— Bridgett M. vonHoldt, etc.
They say you are born with Love Genes—
love so innocent, unwavering.
You greet me as if a long lost lover. You toss around
a dried sweet potato in the air before basking in its flavor.
You bounce, poke, yowl at a sea stone, shake your head as you play.
Each leaf, each grass, each mail box pole, each fire hydrant—
your roses to sniff. The language of your eyes,
I answer your little cry as if catching a firefly.
I sing you a lullaby; you fall into a good night.
As I dive into each moment of your Being,
I ponder why humans are challenged,
born with the syndrome? And what takes us
to love without Love Genes? I wonder
how many silent cries of His eluded my ears?
How many long nights She missed my lullaby?
Published in Cider Press Review, Volume 23, Issue 3.
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