It’s those first few seconds in the shower,

when you can taste the sweat that dried

in dirty streaks down your face, taste

the salt of your own labor streaming

down the drain.  The sting of hot water

breaking through bacteria on your back,

the sensation of invisible bugs burning,

crawling frantically from the clean.

When that first layer is gone, that film

of fluids your body expelled under

the duress of your daily run, when it’s

no longer part of you, then you feel

nothing.  No heat, no ache, no shock.

So you turn up the heat and let it

burn just a little bit longer.



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