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Or Think How Soap

Or think how soap
used a week in the shower
molds itself to the curves
of the shower-taker.
How hot water
softens the bar's edges,
how hands push it
across biceps, into
angles of elbows and
knees, through hollows
beneath arms. How
some equation, marvelous
and unknowable,
governs the molding,
its variables being:
the form of the bar,
the shape of the showerer,
the heat of the water,
the duration of pleasure.
How at week's end the soap
will be unique to the person
who showered with it.
Or think how two,
showering together,
split the variable shape
into shape plus shape --
how their soap becomes
the average of their shapes,
one measure of two bodies.

April, 1997

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