Cleansing

it is sometimes
what we hope:

a woman
under a waterfall
in a shampoo commercial

but sometimes
it is a single hair
clinging
to a wall
as water strikes

for fear of
the drain

Based in Modesto, California, Matthew Andrews is a full-time private investigator and part-time journalist, writer, and poet. His poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in pacificREVIEW, Deep Wild Journal, and Song of the San Joaquin.

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