Saturday, June 11, 2005

Sloan Valve


The men's room has
a stand of urinals crowned
with the sloan valve,
the admitted miracle

of modern plumbing.
Gone is the waist-high
steel sink, stained and filled
with ice. Shoulder to

shoulder in those days,
the men would piss laughing
and unafraid, drunk
and not needing to aim.

Now, during the previews
in my private stall I stare
down the laser eye
that waits for me to leave.