The Bath (2004)

The Bath (2004)

The Bath (2004)

Written by Achilles Tenderloin

I just can’t sleep tonight,
the rain like fingers tappin’ on the panes;
so I’m just going to close my eyes and wait.

Born in 1983
My body is outliving me
My mother has a wedding gown
In the closet where his things are found
We wish that he was still around
Flashes echo home

Photograph of a little boy
His sorrow sleeping, unemployed
Near the broken mustang car
A baseball dropped in the backyard
I slept against the bypass scar
One day I’ll have my own

I just can’t sleep tonight,
the rain like fingers tappin’ on the panes;
so I’m just going to close my eyes and wait.

Lazy locks of baby blonde
A tail and a magic wand
Pajamas like my favorite team
Red pinstripe with a busted seam
That settled life: a coastal dream
Deaf to the building storm

The flashes come to those who blink.
Hard fingers smelled of printers’ ink
Hairy arms and a real embrace,
Silv’ry hair and graying face
Ma took me to the neighbors’ place
Bathwater running warm

I just can’t sleep tonight,
the rain like fingers tappin’ on the panes;
so I’m just going to close my eyes and wait.


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