Hand-Washing Ritual

This entry is part 3 of 8 in the series Rituals


let the water’s currency
pass from palm to palm

scooped up or cupped
from an open tap

its anonymity going public
as a cloak of foam

hands twist and shimmy
dancing fast and close

till they’re indistinguishable
and all hands are right

the skin sheds its oils its soil
its toil-colored self

once again to whisper away
the kiss of living

risky as it is
with unseen tasks


Thanks to the anonymous graffiti artist whose rendering of the word TASKS in giant letters on a passing train gave me the closing word.

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