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I mark my shirts with masking tape--
clues about the stain--
coffee this time.
I wonder what the cleaner thinks
when she opens my laundry
and looks
for these now expected notes?
Selecting the spot remover
before tossing it in the machine,
does her image mirror mine--
wondering what kind of person
drops a bit of every meal
as an emblem
on the cloth?

As I read the passage
for this morning at the start of Lent,
inked stained bits of alphabet
on a white cloth page,
I imagine I’m the launderer,
and God is leaving clues.

8 Mar 03

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