recycled on a garage floor,
the six months before you almost
had a handle on.
It’s not telling anyone.
on the bottom layer
when twice a year without warning
the washer leaks and floods
everything that made sense.
It’s the cockroach
that everyone calls a water bug
but you know better,
that jumps onto your leg and you finally cry, after you’ve been holding your breath—
Inhaling mildewed air through heaves
and you really hate the way it tastes,
but it’s familiar and comforting.
The laundry room, a soundproof room.
It’s social media.
You keep seeing posts about how all the moms are drowning; we are so articulate
expressing our collective soul death,
being agreeable with one another.
No one’s reaching out.
We’re still uncomfortable with rage
we save for the laundry room,
the broken broom that spins, the dustpan
that bends, comparison, dishes,
the one more task, tangled tresses
we hide in messy buns, our smile
that says we’re having fun.
Everyone believes us and you believe too
until the laundry room…
It’s that saying, “It takes a village.”
It’s loneliness in disguise,
consuming everyone but especially you.
Especially you can’t tell anyone
how bad it really is.
It’s self-indulgence and narcissism from Mom
or Dad or Grandpa or Grandma.
It doesn’t matter who; what matters is
there’s only so much you can do;
it’s insidious, in you.