At the laundrymat
there are vending machines
so you may buy detergent for those tough stains or a milder brew for those delicates that need a softer touch to pounding out the day’s events.
There are also choices for softening and refreshing.
And if you wish not to know what it was that left a stain
there is bleach
which comes powedered or liquid
either one works to erase all memories of what you did or had done to you by someone you care not to remember
because they violated your honour
Any item you choose from the machine on the wall
will make a remarkable difference in the cloth that you clothe yourself in
so that I may find you
because I do wish to find you
and tell you that last night
you were a gentleman with gentle ways
speaking ever-so gently to me
as you bent down to touch my face
and wipe the blood from my battered skin
to let me know that someone cared enough to tend to a battered woman
left for dead in a crowd of ordinary folks, passing by.
-dld august 30, 2010
T10 writing prompt = In A Crowd