After Taking My Seventh Shower for the Day
My father says no more showers.
At all? At all. Why? Because.
This is logic. Pure explanation.
I did a semester at Auburn University.
The college looks like a plantation.
This was after I got out of the military.
People like to ask me what I got out
of the military. I like to tell them
the GI Bill and PTSD. It’s all initials.
You get OCD. My father demands
to know why I’d take seven showers
in a time of climate change and I ask
him what climate change has to do
with anything and he says climate change
has to do with everything and I change
the subject to Desert Storm and he says
I have to change how I’m behaving
or he’ll kick me out of the house.
The last time that he kicked me
out of the house, I joined the military.
Where I watched a helicopter burn. I
keep wanting to get the smoke off my
Ron Riekki's latest book is My Ancestors are Reindeer Herders and I Am Melting in Extinction (Loyola University Maryland's Apprentice House Press, July, 2019). Right now he's listening to Radiohead's "Nude." Before that he was listening to "High and Dry."