Anti-Baptism

Anti-Baptism

Silent and almost motionless,
he stands in February’s Finale
shower stall, long before sunrise,
certain there will be no morning 
nor even any likelihood of light.

He aims the almost scalding stream
from the hand-held shower head at
everything he owns, everything that
has come to own him all night long;
everything that has kept him achingly
awake, longing to be eased and erased,
cleansed and washed away like
everything else in his overly long life;
even everything he’s cherished;
everything that has always just
disappeared down the drain.

He usually sings in the shower, but
today even his all-time favorite tunes
have been washed from his memory.

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dVerse Poets
Open Link Night #285
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15 thoughts on “Anti-Baptism

  1. I can feel the anguish and the rawness in your verse. Powerful beginning. The lack of light, the sleeplessness. I feel I am in a similar space. Wanting to feel something and feeling more and more numb.

  2. This is so powerful! It feels like a burden needs to be dealt with from one’s conscience, these lines struck me the most; “everything that has come to own him all night long; everything that has kept him achingly awake, longing to be eased and erased.” 💝

  3. This sounds like someone who is having the worst time of his life, Ron, the end of a relationship perhaps, and you captured that perfectly in this poem. No wonder his ‘all-time favorite tunes have been washed from his memory’.

  4. He “doesn’t sing in the shower today” but stands still under the cleansing current
    Hope tomorrows hold sway for strength of better days

    Happy Thursday

    Much💜love

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