Lover sitting on the shower floor
spits at the drain,
watches it circle away between his feet.
I tell him to close his eyes
as I point the spray at his hair,
pull out the caked-dirt tangles.
I scrub at his back until it's red and raw,
and a thin trickle of blood
from a pimple or an ingrown hair
dances down the steps of his spine.
I could bathe him
in all the world's finest oils,
until the cacophony of fragrances
made my head spin
and he would still tell me that
I missed a spot.
Wrapped in a towel,
he asks me why I
do the things I do.
I say nothing,
and wipe a speck of grime
from his wet, swollen cheek.
— The End —