Cold water wash

The first time I learned
to rub fold against fold

the dark dried plush
would not come off

easy— Take your little rags
and run them under cold water

I was told. Relief of lichen
on stones, sharp strop

against which petals loosened
in the iron basin. On the stoop,

green brooches of moss I broke off
for their clean, caustic smell.


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