Mornings

I.
when men get ready
in the morning &
in movies
they look like they’re in pain or rubber
cement

It is a heavy thing
to turn the tap

They splash their faces
and groan behind a steady pour

Mother cooing
“shhhhh”
into the cold basin

II.
She and I had a joke about being “thirty in the morning.”
She would buy oatmeal in long red cans and wear a t-shirt landing just above her knees.
French pressed coffee, pleated pants,
a job on a bike, a serious
basket.

I would have a dog and a plate of eggs
and a thick book and maybe even
her.

III.
I say mornings are the hardest
when I mean that they taste the worst
there are armpits
and the fact that I have them

Sounds matched to:
garbage truck
tonguemeat
dull splash of foggy milk

Mornings round and waiting
to be cracked on accident

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