With Sincerest Regrets

for Charles Simic

Like a monstrous snail, a toilet slides into a living room on a track of wet, demanding to be loved.
         It is impossible, and we tender our sincerest regrets. In the book of the heart there is no mention made of plumbing.
         And though we have spent our intimacy many times with you, you belong to an unfortunate reference, which we would rather not embrace ...
         The toilet slides away ...

Russell Edson, “With Sincerest Regrets,” in The Wounded Breakfast © 1985 by Russell Edson and reprinted by permission of Wesleyan University Press. www.wesleyan.edu/wespress
Source: The Wounded Breakfast (Wesleyan University Press, 1985)
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