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          Under this sink a tree
          By Simon Perchik

          Under this sink a tree
          needs tightening, both wrenches
          and leaf by leaf another leak

          more sweat, more compost
          weakens their hold, erases
          the day before till they weep
          on my hands, on these tools
          squeezing even their hearts dry

          --it's not by accident
          the trap was hid
          and under this drain what's caught
          let go the way every Fall
          still tightens and I work my head in
          --fixing leaks is a job

          for someone no longer in love
          who knows the breaking point
          can work the connectors, the unions
          the fittings, whose hands

          now weigh almost nothing, who can
          without all over again
          just turn, turn and turn
          till the tears suddenly stop breathing.

          © Copyright 2004, Simon Perchik, All Rights Reserved

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