The Gifted Itch Scratcher

by Adele Wiseman

A tribute

We who have known unreachable itch revere
the Gifted Itch Scratcher, who has divined
that simply to scratch and be done
is never enough, for a careless scratch
is to the itch more maddening than none.
An itch is complex, elusive, hard to locate,
to define precisely and with exactitude, alleviate.
The Gifted Scratcher of Itches has the touch,
is sensuous and with a taste for symbiosis,
generous in the enjoyment of another’s pleasure,
leaves no itch unscratched of itching hide,
and will not let even imagined itch remain unsatisfied.

— from Juniper Volume 3, Issue 1