To the Person Who Washes My Body at Death
Fearless of odors and toes, oh most intimate stranger!
I thought of you once, and the service of kindness you chose.
You could be bathing a rose-bodied baby or cleaning
a wound in the noon of a life,
but you cradle my sunk twilight flesh.
Ever-arising compassion! Mysterious sap in
humanity’s stem! Gratitude offers itself again.
First published in Writer’s Forum