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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