my mother bathed me in a white tub
scrubbed me with white soap
rubbed me in a white towel
hugged and plugged me
into pajamas and the white sheets
an act so kind
it barely even happened
Bruce Dethlefsen. © Bruce Dethlefsen. Presented here by poet submission.
Art credit: Detail from untitled photograph of Oliver, her third son, by Lana (originally color).