There you were in the palm of my

hand floating in a pool of caramel

shampoo upside down and dead


What led you here to this serum

scent of lavender I asked

naked before I showered you


Washing my hair seemed lonelier

and I wondered how your superorganism

would survive without you


A resolute scout for the group

one part of the synergistic whole

with this little independent streak



©Keri DuLaney Greger, 2019


           Keri DuLaney Greger, poetry dabbler, teaches writing and literature at Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill, CA. She lives with her husband and son in Berkeley, along with their two cats and a tiny tortoise. 


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