Dogs 2010

NOT QUITE HH
(10/21/10)


I search
for those perfect
public restroom
setups

a door handle
which I can open
with my elbow

a urinal
with a flush valve
operable again
by an elbow
or the back
of a hand

a properly
operating
paper towel
machine
allowing me
to extract prophylactic
in order to operate
the facets

more
than hot
water

an antibacterial
soap dispenser
with a plunger
pushable
by the back
of the opposite
hand

wash
wash
wash

dry
dry
dry

then more
already unrolled
paper towels
to turn off
the faucets
and pull open
the door

finally
an open
waste can
in which to toss
the wadded mass
in order to make
a nothing
but net
exit

there are those
who tout
the automated
facilities
but while
the flush function
is fantastic
I find
the remainder
slow
erratic
and inefficient
for peak
sanitation
purposes

I leave
the lavatory
hands held high
like some demented
doctor
ready to operate
on a patient
who had
damned well
better be
sterile