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Maroon Bathroom


Three alcoves in the posh bathroom
boast clear-cut lines, wall-squares tiled
maroon. Twelve by twelve feet in size,

the far corner of the room houses the toilet,
seat always down, unless in use.
Next, the curvaceous pink sink

on a matching pedestal shines.
The shower stall ends the trio,
smoky glass conceals any naked body.

On the opposite side from these practical items
stands a huge bathtub polished to perfection.
During mid-morning a kindergartener,

daughter of the homeowner seeks attention,
wanders in the door open a crack:
sees the live-in housekeeper

smack on the toilet, doing her business
as the maid fishes out moments of
seclusion, a smoke break.