In public bathrooms,

      The washing machines,


We find here the fossils

      Where Others have been:


The instants of imprints

      From some human scene;


Shards of the nonce when

      Some human scene


Were once things,

      but now brings

Straits of extreme.


The relics of Once Things –

      What does it mean?


Nothing unbidden

      Must needs be unseen,


On the walls of the stalls,

      Of cleaning machines.




©2014, Marvin Welborn

23 April 2014.

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