Once you’ve squozen the recommended
allotment of shampoo relative to hair-girth
into your palm, be careful when letting go
the bottle for its pop-back-reset,
or the mintfused molecules will panic and,
with eucalyptous hands, cling to each
other in a desperate, schlurpy retreat back
into the globuly hive, leaving only an
invigorating, sulfite-free residue in the air,
your hair plastered, and unwashed.
Like the deep-cleansing morning I spent on the
front porch with my coffee and my dog and
suddenly remembered the day my mother changed
the locks on all the doors and my father,
and I hadn’t even showered.