Cleaning the Bathroom

His towel, hanging rumpled on the bar,
holds the ghost of his hands.

His Pears transparent soap.
Two strands of silver woven through his comb.

The hamper—full
of his clothes. Can you carry them

down to the washer, hang them
on the line?

And then
can you fold them smooth against your chest

and let them go
to Goodwill?

In the shower, dandruff shampoo
he thought he’d try.

On the door, the empty
hook. When

will you wash your hair,
stop wearing his robe?