As a Muskrat Prepares

Her Morning Bath


Without the assistance of make- up
Or a vanity mirror or perfectly useful pancake foundation
(I thought you would never ask!)
What is the price of eggs
Forsworn on a vintage trading on a stock market
Preparing her way
For a future never known
By Tunktanktumen and his relatives?
What gospel propels her forward
On her daily routine?
At the height
Of the full moon,
What is it
Takes her to task?
Is she without limitation
As to her betrothal
Defraying nature’s cost of ritual ablutions?
After the glacier
Gentles past her whiskers
After a storm, semi-defiant,
Would she dare surrender
And move out of town.