WASH CYCLE

That man at the opposite corner  
by the window - reading?
These machines cost $2.75 a load.
Where do people keep warm
if they have no job to go to
in the morning? when it looks like
someone dumped detergent
all over the sidewalks. Snow.
The coin-op video games
with their manic little jingles could
drive a person crazy - Cruise
the World. Blood Brothers.
On the shelf above my Speed Queen
someone left a New Testament.
It says things about brotherhood.
The man leans his head back
against nothing, I've reached the
rinse cycle. He sits with scuffed
boots crossed. Where is he
in the cycle?