Dogs 2011

CONSECRATION UNDONE
(11/10/11)


throughout
my adult life
I have
taken time
after every
noon meal
to rinse
my face
in order
to cleanse
the morning
from my being
and to begin
the afternoon
anew

I have
used sinks
fountains
water flowing
and standing
from multitudes
of sources
to perform
this rite

as I dry
with towel
or sleeve
I will say
my little
prayer
of thanks
no matter
the conditions

I feel
semi-holy
as I return
to whatever
the task
at hand

I have
found
however
that returning
to my desk
with pants
unzipped
tends
to totally
desanctify
the act

human
again
I zip up
and get back
to work