I call you Ella from your very beginning

but conjure only gauzy wings

and an orb of light

with you I am

I am your temple

but then

then they tell me they

cannot find you         `

fear you hide in my tube

offer a pill

to flush you out but I cannot

I cannot stop believing in you

a woman presses my wrist

tells me I hold melancholy

in my stomach that

I froth

convulse in a frenzy to contain you

she jabs me with long needles and I feel you spill out

spill out and flit

across my abdomen.

MARIE HOY-KENNY is an elementary school teacher from Ontario, Canada. She earned a B.A in English at the University of Toronto. Her work is forthcoming in Cease, Cows and Flash Fiction Magazine.