Changing the Toilet Paper Will Not Cause Brain Damage

— Stephanie Pressman

A pinchbeck
candlestick on the bed table
gleams with nightlight
dishonesty. The spider in the corner
fresses on whitefly.    Ladylike
she navigates her web, twanging
its strands. The slumberer
emits flatulence
beneath his covers, suffusing
the air with an aroma
somewhat like sulfur,
a result, no doubt, of earlier
eating asparagus dipped in mayonnaise.

His wife, wordless, dons a chintz nightshirt,
slips in beside him,
places a terrycloth blindfold over her eyes.
She will rise in two hours
to enter the bathroom
in the dark, pee into the toilet

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