I rub my walls down. You rub your walls down.
The old stains come clean.
You’re sore, I know.
If it burns, like a throat cooked by hot wind,
drink your water.
Rub the stain, rub the stain.
Are you tired of this mess, your mess?
I am. Here, sit down, look
out this window: the fern-green grass
cool as pillows.
The outside sky is blue as paint, blue oil.
The oak tree is brown construction paper.
But look, now there’s tar in the grass.
Go a little closer and my sky
just licked your cheek.
I’m sorry, but you’ll have to clean that
up too. Now my stain is your stain.
You clean for me.