Dogs 2012

FRENCH BATH
(7/13/12)


my mother
used to stand
at the sink
and lighty
splash water
on her face
arms
and underarms
during the hot
summer
days

then
she would dry
and add
some perfume
to complete
the process

"French bath!"

she
would tell
us children
if we happened
to notice

~

today
I sprinkle
a bit
of familial
familiarity
about
my person

I remove
the excess
with a towel
of social
acceptability

I spray
a marriage
over me
to mask
any misanthropic
or misogynist
notions

feeling
presentable
once again
I venture out
amongst
my fellow
humans

standing
just a bit
down wind
in case
the stink
of solitude
is still noticeable
beneath my
feeble
façade