At 10:00 AM you come
clean, dressed, polished up
and greet more like you –
clean as a whistle on the outside.
You have assembled looking for something in the someone who gives.
Very earnest mothers care about
the daily feeding of their
kept clean as a whistle on the inside.
Two door watchers survey and direct
a healthy dose of verbal affirmation
to your weekly seat.
the running film of your life outside
an hour or two to allow for
of something familiar to coat
the sore place on the sole of your foot
where you were running
and the blistered palm of your hand
where you were hanging
as if your life depended on it,
and it did
but you checked the week at the door
like a hat or a coat
and wandered into the party.