Sometimes I feel
that I’ve been drenched in tar
from toe to hair
foul smelling

and though I scrub
with water, pummice, and lye
I cannot get clean

I emerge from my bath
as foul and polluted
as I ever was before

but if I shake my arms
in just the right way
I can

– fling –

some of that tar
off of myself

in no way
does this make me
any cleaner
but now

someone else
is contaminated

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