All Washed Up

By Patrick Theron Erickson

Artwork by Alli Rowe


Watch me

circle the basin

in this concave mirror

all porcelain and rust

 

Let me see

the surface scum

in place of

the surface calm

 

the soapy water

gray with my mystique

 

The ring I leave

around the sink

 

watch it grow

 

the little whirlpool

at the end

 

the water’s quick retreat
and mine

down the drain.


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