DUST IN THE SHOWER
raining in a lovely lavender
Clouds of white puff cotton invade my space
I see the consequences,
a blur of imagination
Quiet episodes of “Cougar Town” play softly in my mind
I could be her
this could be you
The cascading relevance at a Sunday’s bar
brings me back just to look again at you
I heard the music
but did you?
Drowning to be loved
Not wanting to be alone again
dripping tender swelts of painted swirls
all lined with my black beaded guilt
Keep me kept away
in this room
just like this
The covered toilet reminding me I could be here for years
hoping to fix all that is not perfect in that mirror
I can do nothing else
But stand here
while the world continues to live.
Author’s Comment: The poem “Dust in the Shower” is about a single woman in her mid-thirties. She is lonely, trapped in a world of obsessive thoughts. This character keeps looking at the bathroom mirror so to fix her physical appearance, unable to realize her anxieties have taken over, leading her further into a depression.
Bio: Rana Williams graduated with a B.A. degree in History and double minors in English and Professional and Technical Writing from Morehead State University in 2007. The poem “Dust in the Shower” is her first published poem.